Our schools are closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, causing thousands of students to be without access to educational instruction. Buffalo Toronto Public Media is here to support families, educators, and students as a community classroom during these challenging times.

We will be broadcasting a “Learn at Home” schedule, weekdays from 6am through 7pm, on WNED PBS KIDS. Videos and activities for teachers and families will also be posted here on our website, our social media platforms, and PBS Learning Media’s free online service. We’ll also continue to post daily learning resources in our WNED PBS Parents & Teachers group on Facebook.

New schedule times and grade levels:

6am — 10am: young learners from preschool — grade 3

10am — 1pm: elementary and middle school children grades 4 — 8

1pm — 3pm: young learners from preschool — grade 3

3pm — 7pm: high school students grades 9 — 12

The broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources adhere to New York's state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.

Below you will find the schedule and resources to expand learning and family engagement with our Learn at Home on-air programming.

Learn at Home Schedules for WNED PBS KIDS

Educational content bands will focus programming on:

Young learners | preschool-3rd grade (blue) 6am - 10am & 1pm - 3pm

Elementary & Middle School |4th-8th grade (green) 10am - 1pm

High School | 9th-12th grade (purple) 3pm - 7pm

Learn At Home Schedule March 30 - April 3
Tune In

WNED-HD3 over-the-air 17.3

Spectrum- 1276

Verizon FiOS - 18

Comcast Cable (Northwest PA) – 221

April 6 - 10
March 30 - April 3
March 23 - 27
PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia

Inspire your kids and students with free teaching resources including videos, lesson plans, and games aligned to state and national standards.

Resources From PBS LearningMedia
Preschool
The Arts
English Language
Health | Physical Education
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
World Languages
En Español
Learn at Home Resources from PBS KIDS and PBS Parents
PBS KIDS Daily

PBS KIDS Daily

Is your child's school closed due to coronavirus concerns? PBS KIDS' new weekday newsletter offer activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.

PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS

Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other favorite PBS KIDS shows!

Classroom Europe

We are pleased to share another great resource for parents and their home-bound students! Rick Steves Classroom curates all of Rick's public television content into more than 400 free and easily digestible 3 to 5 minute clips-all easily searchable, fun, and ad-free. Create a playlist sorted by topic, and students will be engaged, learning and dreaming about post-quarantine travels.

Note: all videos are available for streaming in Canada.
Kitchen Classroom

We’re pleased to share free content that our partners at America’s Test Kitchen have created to help kids and their parents dealing with school closures. They have gathered a weekly curriculum filled with recipes, activities and quizzes that’s all about teaching kids how to cook with bonus extra learning moments about science, math, history and culture.

Every week, there is a new Kitchen Classroom plan. Think of it as a sort of kitchen curriculum, composed of recipes, activities, and quizzes, one or two for each day of the workweek and a bigger project the whole family can tackle on Saturday or Sunday. It includes as many pantry-friendly recipes as possible, to minimize grocery runs. Feel free to make swaps and substitutions as you need to make this work for your family. And we want to see what you’re up to! Share what you make by tagging @testkitchenkids or using #atkkids on Instagram, or by sending us photos kids@americastestkitchen.com.

From our Partners at America's Test Kitchen

Kitchen Classroom

FREE weekly curriculum filled with recipes, activities and quizzes – one or two per weekday and a family project for the weekend.

From PBS Digital Studios

The Art Assignment

The Art Assignment is a weekly PBS Digital Studios production hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green. We explore art and art history through the lens of things happening today.

Physics Girl

With experiments, demonstrations, and cool new discoveries, Physics Girl sheds new light on the fun, adventurous side of physical science.

Space Time

Space Time explores the outer reaches of space, the craziness of astrophysics, the possibilities of sci-fi, and anything else you can think of beyond Planet Earth.

Sound Field

Music teachers explore the culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles.

Meet the Helpers

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We know it can be a scary time for families as normal routines are disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a great time to talk to children about what is happening, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.

In the words of Mister Rogers: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”

Meet the Helpers
Meet the Helpers

How an Epidemiologist Helps

Meet an epidemiologist and see how these disease detectives are working to help the spread of the Coronavirus.

Meet the Helpers

What is Coronavirus?

A doctor helper explains the coronavirus and how children can be good helpers.

Meet the Helpers

How to Talk to Children

Here are some tips for how parents can talk to their children about coronavirus.

Meet the Helpers

Be a Helper

We can all be helpers. Here are a few tips!

Meet the Helpers

Explaining Social Distancing

Social distancing is necessary to stay healthy from coronavirus, but can be difficult for children to understand.

Meet the Helpers

Coronavirus Dos & Don'ts for Parents

A few do's &don'ts for families during the coronavirus outbreak.

Meet the Helpers

Wash Your Hands

Be a good helper and remember to wash your hands often!!

Meet the Helpers

What is a Virus?

Explaining a virus to children in a way they can understand, can help stop the spreading of germs.

Top Three Tips for Families:

  1. Talk about feelings & facts
    Be open and honest with children by sharing age-appropriate facts. Yes, people are getting sick, but it's like a cold or a flu. We have doctors to help make you feel better if anyone gets sick.
  2. Make children feel safe
    Children worry and pick up on emotions from those around them. Make sure they know they are in a safe space and lots of helpers are working to keep everyone safe.
  3. Be germ busters
    The best way to help is to develop and reinforce good hygiene routines. Make sure your family is doing these four things:
Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands
  • Hands should be washed before and after every meal and snack.
  • Hands should also be washed after coughing or sneezing and after going to the bathroom.
  • Hands should be washed with soap & water for at least 20 seconds or to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Catch that Cough

  • Try not to have children cough or sneeze into their hands.
  • Make sure children cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw that into the trash.

Rest is Best

  • Daniel Tiger reminds us when you're sick, rest is best.
  • Remind them that it's important we protect ourselves from germs to keep us and our friends healthy, so staying home may be best for now.

Make Others Feel Better

  • This is a great time to get crafty and make get well cards for friends or family.
  • Explore technology like video chats to help children say hello to their friends & family.
Additional Resources
Happy, Healthy Kids

Happy, Healthy Kids is a digital series that teaches kids how to stay healthy. Videos teach children about healthy snacks, different ways to do physical activity as well as how to approach feelings and other ways to stay healthy.

Videos are designed with children in mind. View them now.