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PBS KIDS Summer Learning Project

PBS KIDS and the Community Idea Stations’ Ready To Learn can help families with children, pre-k to 2nd grade, to keep the learning going while they have fun together. All summer long we will be encouraging kids and families to explore and learn together with our PBS KIDS Summer Learning Project!

Resources from the Community Idea Stations:

  • Follow Ready To Learn on Facebook for weekday educational tips and information about local events.
  • Check out PBS KIDS programming which is guided by curriculum skill frameworks. Selected PBS KIDS shows in the summer schedule are built around specific learning goals in the following areas: social and emotional development, literacy, math and science. Check local listings for viewing times.
  • Sign up for the monthly ideaKIDS e-newsletter. This comes once a month through your email and keeps you up to date with local happenings.

Join us on our Ready To Learn Facebook page for learning tips each weekday!


Resources from PBS KIDS: PBS KIDS has a portfolio of educational materials available online and through digital apps. Here are a few to explore:

  • PBSKIDS.org: This is the home of hundreds of educationally based games teaching everything from math and engineering to social skills and reading. Search games and videos by skill when you browse by topics.
  • PBS KIDS Lab: Stop by the PBS KIDS lab to see how it all fits together and learn how to use multiple games and video to help your kids learn early math and language skills.
  • PBSKIDS.org/learn: The home base for the PBS KIDS Big Summer resources, you can find daily tips, suggested games and video and more.
  • PBS KIDS Island: PBS KIDS Island is part of PBS KIDS Raising Readers. On this site, kids can find free reading games and activities! This site correlates to skills from the PALS Screening.
  • PBS KIDS Apps: A round-up of PBS KIDS apps that help kids develop skills in areas like math, science, reading and more. Free apps include: PBS KIDS SuperVision for Parents (iOS); PBS Parents PLAY & LEARN (iOS/Android/Kindle); PBS KIDS Video Player (iOS/Kindle); ELECTRIC COMPANY Party Game (iOS/ Android/Nook/Kindle); ELECTRIC COMPANY Wordball (iOS); FIZZY’S LUNCH LAB Fresh Pick (iOS/Android/Nook/Kindle); FETCH Lunch Rush (iOS); CYBERCHASE Shape Quest (iOS/Android/Kindle); PLUM LANDING Photo Hunt (iOS) 
  • Dot’s Story Factory: Read stories written by kids from all over the USA. Your kids can submit stories as well!

Resources For Parents:

  • Camp PBS Parents – There will be rotating sets of PBS KIDS VIP Bloggers who will be offering weekly DIY Camp ideas for parents.
  • Adventures in Learning – Find fun learning activities for preschoolers, kindergartners, and older kids. Add a little fun and adventure into learning math, literacy, art, and science skills!
  • PBS KIDS iTunes – This summer, PBSKIDS/iTunes is once again supporting the PBS KIDS Summer Learning Project by providing parents with free PBS KIDS series episode for download each week tied to our summer learning themes. Watch for each week’s free download on our Ready To Learn Facebook page.

Literacy Activities for Parents (PDF):

  • Going to a Restaurant – Make your next visit to a restaurant an interactive learning experience by using these activities to practice reading and literacy skills while enjoying a good meal.
  • Going to the Library – Use these activities on your next visit to the library to get your children excited about reading and being at the library.
  • Going on a Trip – Take advantage of your next trip to practice literacy skills while you explore new places together.
  • Going on a Book-nic – Take your kids on a literacy themed picnic and encourage reading together while you enjoy the great outdoors.

More Parent Tips (PDF):

Local Hands-on Learning with the Community Idea Stations: We’re also thrilled to be working with many local partners to help engage families in learning all summer long. Here’s a round-up of some of the places you can participate in summer learning activities right here in central Virginia:

Library Programs – Stop by your local county libraries to pick up information about their summer reading programs. There are also lots of online resources like games, eBooks, and summer reading lists.

Events Calendar:

Looking for more events? Sign up here for our ideaKIDS e-newsletter for all the latest!

Other Resources (located on the Ready To Learn Family page):