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Free, Fun Summer Learning Resources

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School’s out for summer, but learning never stops! This summer, join us and PBS KIDS to combat summer learning loss with free online resources and special programming June through August.

Over the summer, students typically fall two months below the average for their grade levels in math computation, according to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), and, when they retake take the same tests they took before they left for summer, they earn lower scores.

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To battle the summer slide, we and PBS KIDS are offering free, educational resources all summer long! Get started by checking out the PBS KIDS “Summer Safari” site, which has great features like:

  • Daily Tips for Parents - Learn how to incorporate learning into everyday activities, like turning a picnic into a discussion about nutrition and where food comes from.
  • Free Downloads - Print out your own “WordGirl Super Summer Fun Book” with activities that help kids develop reading, writing and language skills.
  • Camp PBS Parents - This summer program is focused on fun and learning with projects and crafts that you can do at home with your kiddos.
  • Free Activity Sheet Printables - Need something for the kids to do in the library, at a restaurant or on a trip? Download and print free learning activities and activate that summer brain power!
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Looking for more summer learning fun? Be sure to visit aetn.org/kids, too! We offer online games and activities based on PBS KIDS programs that engage, educate and help stop summer learning loss. So, just what skills can these games and activities build?

  • Language Development - Help children learn Spanish with coloring sheets and a Bingo game based on PBS KIDS online series “Oh, Noah!”
  • Engineering - Collect supplies — like pinecones, peanut butter and dental floss — to build a bird feeder inspired by “Dinosaur Train.” On top of using measuring and building skills, you’ll get to watch birds (truly modern dinosaurs) enjoy this masterpiece!
  • Science — Lead your kiddos on a nature hunt and learn about the environment by collecting rocks, sticks, shells and bugs in another “Dinosaur Train” based activity.
  • Reading — Starting a book club is a great summer activity for kids! We have a list of beginner book club tips inspired by “Curious George” that make a great starting point for some seriously fun summer reading.
  • Exploration — Fans of PBS KIDS online series “Plum Landing” will love this “Habitat Sweet Habitat” activity! Challenge kids to discover their surroundings and investigate the way animals in their yard meet basic needs, just like people do.

While you’re on the AETN website, take it a step further and find unique ways to help your children learn and develop at aetn.org/parents, where we have even more educational materials to help fight summer learning loss. In particular, don’t miss our downloadable AETN Parent Resource Guide.

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And, of course, don’t forget to tune in! We’re airing special “Dinosaur Train,” “Wild Kratts” and “Curious George” episodes, along with other PBS KIDS favorites, all summer long to help kids continue learning, thinking and doing! Find our full schedule online, any time at aetn.org/schedule.

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TUNE IN:

“Dinosaur Train: Zeppelin Adventure” 
June 17 and 19 at 10 a.m.

“Wild Kratts”
New episodes every Wednesday in July at 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle”
Monday, Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.