Nine Network will broadcast teacher-led classes for students learning at home

Beginning this week, the Nine Network will broadcast two hours of literacy and math instruction for students, pre-K through fourth grade, weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m, on PBS (Channel 9).

“Teaching in Room 9” will feature grade-appropriate lessons, taught by educators from their homes across the region. The televised lessons offer students access to teaching during this academic year shutdown and into the summer, regardless of access to internet or computers.

Each lesson is 30 minutes long. The schedule through July 31 is as follows, Monday through Thursday:

12:30-1 p.m. • Reading, pre-K through first grade

1-1:30 p.m. • Reading, second through fourth grade

1:30-2 p.m. • Math, pre-K through first grade

2-2:30 p.m. • Math, second through fourth grade

On Fridays, Nine will air “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” followed by three repeats of lessons from the same week.

Students can use a pencil and paper and follow along with the lesson at home.

Nine’s at-home learning for kids is informed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and education leaders across the region to assure that parts of the established public-school curriculum are covered. These lessons will air through July.

“We’re providing free, educational television when St. Louis needs it most,” says Amy Shaw, president and CEO, Nine Network of Public Media. “All of our education resources are designed to help kids and families with at-home learning.”

Nine has also created an online Educator and Caregiver Toolkit, which includes broadcast, online and mobile resources, as well as learning tools and tips that can be text messaged to phones, at ninenet.org/learningtoolkit.