WKAR Expands Daily At-Home Learning Programs for Grades K-12
WKAR WORLD adds five hours daily for grades 6-12, two hours of K-5 programming added to WKAR main channel beginning Monday, Mar. 30, 2020
Responding to the need for educational resources for students as schools close due to the coronavirus, WKAR is partnering with PBS, the WORLD Channel, and the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters to bring Michigan viewers expanded At-Home Learning programming beginning on Monday, March 30. These daily free-over-the-air broadcasts will feature the best in public media science, history and other educational programming.
The new WKAR WORLD At-Home Learning block -- suited to WORLD’s everyday schedule of news, information and documentary programming -- has been carefully curated and supplemented with related assets from WKAR PBS LearningMedia, a free online service of thousands of compelling educational resources.
In our mid-Michigan area, WKAR WORLD Channel is broadcast over the air on channel 23.2 and carried on many Comcast and WOW services.
“In these challenging times, our public media mission to support students with the educational resources needed to thrive is more important than ever,” said Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager and director of Broadcasting. “While our WORLD At-Home Learning programs are geared to middle and high school students, our 24/7 PBS KIDS service and daytime on our main channel engage children in primary-school grades.”
“With a commitment to educational multimedia, WKAR delivers curriculum-based resources that support parents and teachers in achieving children’s learning goals,” said Robin Pizzo, WKAR director of Education. “We recognize that many families do not have access to the internet or computers at home, so we are leveraging our public media TV broadcast channels to reach teachers, students and caregivers across mid-Michigan.”
WKAR's primary channel (23.1) has also expanded At-Home Learning, with a new programming block from noon to 2 p.m. on weekdays. The newest At-Home Learning block features WKAR's own Curious Crew, WCMU’s Into the Outdoors, and PBS KIDS shows SciGirls and Peg + Cat. The addition increases programming for kids from 7.5 to 9.5 hours per day.
In addition to these expanded education broadcasts, WKAR has created new resources under the station's WKAR Family initiative, including a weekday newsletter. The WKAR Family and PBS KIDS newsletter is emailed to subscribers each weekday with ideas and resources to keep kids playing and learning at home while school is closed. Coming soon is a weekly edition of the newsletter for educators.
WKAR Family would like to remind everyone of these trusted, fun, educational resources always available from WKAR.
PBS KIDS’ high-quality content is available to all children and caregivers on a platform and at a time that works for them, including primetime, weekends and other out-of-school times when they are most likely to tune in.
How does that work? What happens next? Inquisitive kids take a hands-on approach to investigating principles of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with Emmy award-winner Dr. Rob Stephenson.
Curious About Careers
Young investigators meet women working in STEM-related fields to learn about career possibilities. From the WKAR original series, Curious Crew.
WKAR Family Tips for Caregivers
Featuring tips and takeaways for parents and caregivers on topics such as literacy, social emotional development and STEAM concepts. Based on early childhood development research at Michigan State University.
Popular Michigan State University mascot Sparty and kids have fun with fitness. Produced by WKAR in collaboration with the MSU Alumni Association and the MSU College of Education.
At-Home Learning on WKAR HD
WKAR HD • Mon.-Fri. | 6:30a-noon PBS KIDS| noon-2pm NEW! | 2pm-6pm PBS Kids
Free antenna TV at 23.1 • cable and sat: all providers in viewing area. check local listings.
At-Home Learning on WKAR World
WKAR World • Mon.-Fri. Noon - 5pm ET
Free antenna TV at 23.2 • some cable systems. check listings.
Find related educational assets at WKAR PBS LearningMedia.
About WKAR Public Media
WKAR Public Media is the Michigan capital region source for award-winning original television and radio, and the best from PBS and NPR. WKAR is part of Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences and includes WKAR TV, WKAR Radio, wkar.org, WKAR Radio Reading Service, WKAR Family, and WKAR Ready to Learn.