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PBS North Carolina launches new series aimed at helping kids with remote learning

Posted February 2, 2021 2:02 p.m. EST

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As kids and parents struggle with virtual learning during a challenging academic year, PBS North Carolina is launching a new series aimed at helping kids learn at home.

The station, along with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, debuted Classroom Connection at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2, on PBS NC and online.

The learning series is part of PBS North Carolina's larger At-Home Learning initiative, according to a press release, and will deliver literacy and math lessons that align with what kids in preschool to third grade are learning in school. The lessons are complemented by PBS Kids educational shows, along with other online resources and hands-on learning activities that extend education beyond the screen, the press release says.

Here's what the release says about the programs:

The Classroom Connection launch begins with literacy lessons on Tuesday and repeat lessons on Fridays. In March, math lessons will be added to the schedule on Mondays, with repeats on Thursdays. All of the lessons will be made available on NC DPI’s YouTube channel and on the #GoOpenNC digital repository for teachers and will continue to air through summer for a total of 96 episodes featuring teachers from across the state. 

PBS North Carolina’s At-Home Learning initiative was developed in response to the disruption to in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative aims to address the educational gap experienced by students and families with limited-to-no access to broadband.

PBS North Carolina and PBS also have at-home learning opportunities at PBS Learning Media website. You'll find content that is organized by grade and subject area and accompanied by tips and techniques for engaging, effective at-home learning, according to the release. There's also special programming for sixth through 12th grade students. It will continue to air from noon to 5 p.m., weekdays, on the NC Channel. 

You also can find children’s programs that support the intellectual and emotional development of preschoolers through third grade students on PBS North Carolina’s Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and weekdays during a seven-hour block, from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on UNC-TV.