This summer, PBS KIDS will provide families with a variety of free and educational resources to fuel summer learning. Research shows that students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months, and that loss is even greater among children in low-income communities. To combat this summer slump, PBS KIDS has developed 10 weeks of special on-air programming, a variety of online resources, and more!
Summer Learning Theme-Weeks
Starting Monday, June 3 (check local listings), PBS KIDS presents 10 weeks of themed programming to inspire children ages 2-8 to explore and learn. Each week will feature episodes from a different PBS KIDS series.
The line-up includes:
- WILD KRATTS – “Bug Week,” starting June 3
- SUPER WHY! – “Super You Week,” starting June 10
- SESAME STREET – “Literacy Quest Week,” starting June 17
- MARTHA SPEAKS – “Puppy Week,” starting June 24
- CURIOUS GEORGE – “Creative George Week,” starting July 1
- DINOSAUR TRAIN – “Dinosaurs A-Z” starting July 8
- DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD – “Let’s Play Outside Week,” July 15
- THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! – “Let’s Get Wet Week,” starting July 22
- ARTHUR – “Sports Week,” starting July 29
- WORDGIRL® – “What’s Up With WordGirl Week,” starting August 5
PBS KIDS is also working with partners to encourage children and families to explore literacy and learning all summer long. Partners include:
- Education.com: Beginning May 20, families can visit Summer Reading Adventures hosted by Education.com to access a number of summer reading resources, including a “Do-It-Yourself” Reading Camp. To take the pledge or learn more about DIY Summer Reading camp, visit www.education.com/read
- Grandparents.com: Grandparents can help kids with reading, too. PBS KIDS is proud to be working with Grandparents.com to offer resources to provide grandparents with ideas and literacy-building activities that they can do with their grandchildren over the summer break.
- Online and Mobile Resources Select episodes and clips will also be featured on PBSKIDS.org/video and on the free PBS KIDS Video App. Additionally, each week a special episode will be available as a free download on iTunes.
Online, parents and caregivers will also find free, downloadable activity guides and printables to host reading parties and more onPBSPARENTS.org/read. Literacy-focused games and activities will be available for kids at PBSKIDS.org/read. PBS KIDS also offers more than 25 educational mobile apps available on iOS and Android to help kids build key skills for learning.
Be sure to check out all of the Free Summer Reading Programs that I have shared recently as well!
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS onTwitter and Facebook.This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.