7.) Summer Learning & After School Programming

7.) Summer Learning & After School Programming

#SummerLearningWeek National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. This year, each day will focus on a new theme: Literacy, STEM, Arts, College & Career Readiness, and Nutrition and Wellness.

All kids need to keep learning over the summer. If they don’t, they lose what they’ve learned during the school year, and those losses add up year after year Find a Summer Learning Week Program or Event - here

Take the #SmarterSummers Challenge to share what inspires your family to learn during the summer!

Download the Summer Learning Ideas at Home and in Your Community Tip Sheet -here!

Download the Summer Learning Outreach Toolkit -here!

Proclaim Summer Learning Week in Your Community - download the Tip Sheet -here!

Find out what the themes are for Summer Learning Week - -here!

Themes include: Discovery Day, Masterpiece Day, Future Leaders Day and more!

Continue to avoid The Summer Slide with exciting resources from PBS Learning Media - the collection includes: Audio (7), Video (100), Interactive (15), Lesson Plan (13), Document (10), Media Gallery (7) for Grades PreK-13+ -here!

#bealearninghero in Action!

Parents, pledge to be a Learning Hero - -here!

Learn 5 Easy Ways to Roll in a Little Math While You're on the Go This Summer -here!

Find the Top 10 "Easy Summer Learning Tips" for Parents -here!

No Kid's Hungry's Summer Meals Texting Service: text "FOOD" to 877-877 to find a FREE summer meals site in your neighborhood. Families can also find FREE summer meals information using the USDA's link -here!

Download the sheet on keeping Kids Active and Healthy During the Summer -here!

Download the handout on Tips to Keep Tweens and Teens Learning During the Summer -here!

Visit Our Pinterest Board on Summer Learning -here!

Download the 4 Keys to Stop Summer Slide with Summer Reading Flyer -here!

Children's Learning Needs Do NOT Take a Vacation During Summer - Download the Summer Learning Fun: Tips for Caregivers handout -here!


Urban Libraries Council - Effective Summer Learning in Libraries - read the article -here!

Urban Libraries Council - Five Strategies for Evolving Summer Reading into Summer Learning -here!

FREE Summer Reading Programs for Kids - 2019 Edition - -here!

Parents - Reading Rockets says Organize Your Own Book Swap! - Download the article -here!

The Kentucky Department of Education is promoting resources to prevent summer slide or summer learning loss. Find out more - -here!

National Geographic Kids: Great nature videos, activities, games, stories, and more -here!

Discovery Kids: Video, games and activities to explore dinosaurs, sharks, space, pets, history and more -here!

iCivics: Educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens. iCivics was founded by retired Supreme Court of the United States Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. -here!

NASA Kids Club: A place to play games and learn about NASA through interactive explorations -here!

Project Noah: Explore and document wildlife — be a citizen scientist! -here!

Design Squad Nation: Be creative and help people through engineering, from PBS -here!

My Wonderful World: A multimedia tour of our seven continents from the Smithsonian -here!

PBS KIDS Lab: Educational games, activities and mobile apps, for kids PreK to grade 3. -here!

PBS Kids Afterschool Adventure! -here!

BrainPOP: Games, quizzes, videos about topics in science, social studies, English, math, arts and music, and more. -here!

Promote simple, fun items that support the reading habit. Reading Rockets has created a "Warning! Reading Rocket in Orbit" door hanger in English and Spanish -here!

For students with vision or learning disabilities, tell your parents about Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), which provides free audio books for kids to listen over the summer -here!

Find lots more ideas and resources for accessible print on the blog, Aiming for Access -here!

"Another option for avoiding the "summer slide" in reading skills is to remind parents to turn on the captions or the subtitles whenever their kids are watching TV, DVDs, or other videos. Captions help kids learn to recognize more written words and improve their reading speed. For more info on how to turn on captions and where to find captioned videos online" Captioning, also known as Same Language Subtitling (SLS), has a proven track record of improving literacy for learners of all ages - find out more on Captions For Literacy site -here!