PBS El Paso Learning At Home Resources

PBS El Paso is taking action to ensure learning continues during school closures. As your local public media station, we are a trusted resource and educational partner for kids ages 2-18. Children and families can discover and engage using our resources. And PBS El Paso is working with member stations around the country to bring you more tools for learning at home. We'll be adding things as we find them, so check back often.

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LEARNING RESOURCES

PBS El Paso broadcasts educational PBS KIDS content on PBS El Paso /KCOS-TV (13.1 over the air) from 5 am – 5:30 pm each weekday. A list of cable, satellite and digital channel listings can be found here.

PBS educational content on TV spans beyond the PBS KIDS realm. Programs like NOVA, Nature, American Experience, Austin City Limits and our travel and cooking shows are informative and fun for learners of all ages. Educational media can be a regular entertainment choice for all Americans! We also broadcast CreateTV on 13.3 over the air which includes a variety of cooking, landscaping, travel and other DIY content to inspire your creativity at home.

As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities, have access to continued free educational resources at home, Texas Tech Public Media, in partnership with Texas PBS and the Texas Education Agency, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources to provide continued at-home learning. Below is a link to more information about our At-Home Learning on-air programming, a resource to expand learning and family engagement.

ONLINE AND MOBILE DEVICES

PBSKIDS.org offers children educational games and videos from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows so children can learn while they play.

PBS Learning Media offers free, standards-aligned videos, lesson plans, interactives and more for educators on a searchable website. As schools close, PBS Learning Media provides educational content online that is perfect for PK-12 distance learning and resources which can be narrowed down by subject, grade (PreK, Early Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School) and standards (including TEKS, Next Generation Science, Pre-K Readiness).

Teachers: You can share these resources with families through your school website, direct email or via BLEND, Google Classroom, Clever, Remind, Schoology, Facebook, See-Saw, ClassDojo or other school-approved parent communication apps.

The PBS KIDS Video app is available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and offers on-demand educational videos and a live stream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription required.

The PBS KIDS Games app has nearly 200 educational games like Cookie Monster's Challenge and Play and Learn Science. These can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about these and other apps from PBS KIDS here.

PBS KIDS for Parents  offers information, activities and tips for parents. Check out the Activity Finder at the top right of the website to see different ways to play and learn for different ages. Also, look at "How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus"/“Como Hablar Con Tus Hijos Sobre el Coronavirus.

We also recommend Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough.

PBS KIDS's new weekday newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.
Sign up for PBS KIDS Daily.

· TO YOUR PHONE PBS El Paso has partnered with Bright by Text to provide research-based tips and links to trusted resources that help subscribing caregivers support their children's development. This texting service is available in English and Spanish. Current messages focus on ways to talk to your children about COVID-19, as well as at-home activities, how to manage stress during an outbreak and more. We also include messages about local resources and information for parents and caregivers.

Text SMART to 274448 or visit here to sign-up today!

AND MORE

Need more ideas for how to keep the learning going while the kids are at home? PBS El Paso is compiling a list of safe, trusted and FREE resources you can use to help your family during this time.

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We hope that you will forward this announcement to school administrators and educators. Emily Loya, PBS El Paso Station Manager welcomes comments and requests for resources: eloya@ttu.edu. Take deep breaths, hug your children and know that we wish the very best for you, your family and our border community.

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