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Resources to Keep Your Child Reading this Summer!

 

Themed Books and Activities for Summer Reading and Learning

Do you know children who are fascinated by dinosaurs, planes, bugs, birds, animals, the moon and stars, art, thunder and lightning? Are there any young detectives, explorers, or superheroes at home? Do your kids love reading poetry, myths, or tall tales? Start with a book … and open up a world of discovery and learning! Browse our topic library below to jumpstart your summer adventure.

Summer Learning Tips to Go! Text Messaging Service

Sign up now for our 2020 summer learning tips, in English or Spanish. A fresh season of mobile tips will begin arriving in mid-May. You'll receive three messages per week, featuring hands-on activities to keep kids reading, creating, exploring — and learning — all summer long!

 

Starfall 

It has lots of interactive activities with phonics skills and stories to read. Many of the activities are free but to have access to all the content you have to join as a member. There is parent teacher center on the site that is very helpful in directing how to use the site and which activities to do for different age/skill level children. 

 

ABCYa 

ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. The activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. We even have games that are just plain fun (and safe) to play! With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles. 

Many of the games are free, but to have full access you need to join as a member. 

It has a parent and teacher page with helpful tips. It also has a common core standards page. On this page you can pick a grade subject and then a common core skill. It will then show all the games/activities that work on that skill. 

https://www.abcya.com/

 

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

In his LUNCH DOODLE series, Mo welcomes you into his studio at home. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons. We are going to doodle together and explore ways of writing and making.

https://www.kennedy-center.org/mowillems

 

Read Write Think – Parents and After School Resources 

Looking for engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? The materials here are your answer—all of them created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.  

You can go to resources by grade or by type. This site gives different resources and activities. It has links to things you will need to do some of the activities or printable pages. This site offers more activities in a do it yourself guide model.

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/ 

 

PBS for Parents – Literacy for All Ages 

This allows you to pick an age of child you want to work with. It gives you a brief description of what children are developmentally learning at that age and gives and tips of how to help them grow with simple and fun activities 

Activities include: online, printable, do it yourself at home 

At PBS for parents there are tabs for literacy, and also emotions and self-awareness, and social skills. These might also be helpful for parents. 

https://www.pbs.org/parents/learn-grow/all-ages/literacy

 

3M Science At Home

These simple, at-home experiments conducted by 3M scientists use common household items and are designed to reinforce core scientific principles. School systems, educators, parents, and caregivers are encouraged to use this educational content in virtual classrooms and at home.

3M will post new experiments, featuring 3M scientists and some special guests along the way.  Be sure to check back weekly for new content to try at home. 

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/gives-us/education/science-at-home/