Did you know that all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer? At the same time, parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.*
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Avoid The Summer Slump
This summer, PBS KIDS - on your Community Idea Stations (WCVE PBS, WHTJ PBS, WCVW PBS) - is the place for double the learning and double the fun and staying ahead of the summer slump!
Double the Fun:
Starting in June, PBS KIDS will roll out a new weekday schedule on-air, featuring back-to-back episodes of family favorites Wild Kratts, Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, and Arthur throughout the day. The new schedule promises families double the fun and double the learning with double episodes. Check local listings to learn more.
Double the Learning:
Throughout the summer months, be sure to visit our Ready To Learn Facebook page often for fun summer learning tips and activities.
Grab These Fun Activities (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.
- Arthur’s Green Thumb
- The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!: Lost Animals
- The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!: Puppet Pals
- The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!: Making Leaf and Bark Rubbings
- Code Cracker
- Curious George: Make A Pinwheel
- Curious George: Suitcase Find
- Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs from A-Z
- Dinosaur Train: ￼Nature Treasure Hunt
- ￼Dot’s Edible Bird Feeder
- Peg + Cat: I Spy Peg
- Sid The Science Kid: Weather In My Backyard
- ￼Wild Kratts: Wildlife Journal
- Wild Kratts: What’s The Animal Guessing Game
- Wild Kratts: Wet And Wild Word Find
- Word Girl: Cross Worrrd Up!
- Word Girl: Literary List
- Where Will You Explore?
- ￼What in the World? Reading List
- ￼You Can Go Anywhere Reading List
- Free Apps: PBS KIDS offers a variety of free apps for parents and kids to support summer learning, including the new PBS KIDS Super Vision App and PBS KIDS Video. Information about the apps is available at pbskids.org/apps.
- PBSKIDS.org/learn: PBS KIDS provides parents with daily learning tips, extended learning ideas and recommended games and activities now through August 22 at pbskids.org/learn.
- Free Episodes and E-books: Parents can download a free PBS KIDS episode each week at iTunes.com/PBSRaisingReaders. Special episode collections will also be available to download. Through August 22, the award-winning app MeeGenius will also offer a free read-along audio e-book each week (along with special PBS KIDS product offers) at meegenius.com/PBSLearning. Special offers will also be available in the LeapFrog App Center throughout the summer.
More Resources For Parents (PDF):
- Tackling School Summer Reading Lists
- Summer Book Reading Chart
- ￼Reading Activities at Home
- How to Start a Book Club for Kids
- Getting Kids Ready For School With PBS KIDS
- PBS Kids School Readiness Infographic
- Camp PBS Parents: Parents can also be inspired to make this a summer full of learning and fun. Every week, parent bloggers will provide educational activities, crafts, experiments and other resources for parents to explore with their children at pbsparents.org/camp.
PBS KIDS Learning Partner Resources:
- Library of Virginia: Summer Learning
- The Library of Virginia is also working with the USDA to promote the summer food program. A well-fed, healthy child is ready to learn. To find a site near you, visit here.
- Throughout the summer, parents can download free summer learning materials from Carson-Dellosa at summerlearningactivities.com/PBS and from LeapFrog at leapfrog.com/get-school-ready.
*Source: National Summer Learning Association