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Summer Resources from PBS KIDS and GPB Education

As kids spend time outside the classroom this summer, GPB is releasing all-new content and resources to help keep them active and encourage exploration at home and outdoors with their favorite characters. As part of our annual summer learning initiative, we will air all-new specials and episodes, beginning in June, and will offer free digital resources below and at pbsparents.org/summer to make learning fun all summer long. 

Happy kids run out of school

While kids are out of school during the summer months, it's important that they remain engaged in learning and exploration. GPB is committed to providing learning resources that help to bridge the achievement gap, especially to children in underserved areas who need it most. Every year, GPB brings these resources to families to encourage them to keep their minds active all summer long.

 

GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan

Learning Activities

Summer of Adventure Activity Booklet and Bookmark Preview

Summer of Adventure Activity Booklet

From moon journaling to phonics, kids will love exploring the world around them with this summer activity booklet.

Summer of Adventure Bookmark

Hold the place of a good book with this colorful bookmark.

Summer Reading Chart

Track the books your kids read during the summer months.

How to Start a Book Club for Kids

Starting a children’s book club can seem like an overwhelming undertaking but there are a few simple considerations and steps to follow.

Summer of Adventure Activity Booklet and Bookmark Preview

Reading Activities at Home

Children spend a lot of their time at home. You can support your child's learning while you do daily chores. You can invite your child to help you, or you can provide an activity for your child to do close to you. That way, you can talk and listen to your child while you work.

Seven Tips for Early Literacy Development

From Knowing Your ABCs to Learning to Read!

Tackling School Summer Reading Lists

Try some of these tips to make sure your child’s required summer reading goes smoothly.

Learning on the Go

Going on a Book-nic

Take your kids on a literacy themed picnic and encourage reading together while you enjoy the great outdoors.

Going on a Trip

Take advantage of your next trip to practice literacy skills while you explore new places together.

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 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!

Summer Programming

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PBS KIDS SUMMER OF ADVENTURE returns this year with a weekly summer movie in June and July. Check GPB local listings for dates/times.

JUNE 2018

Odd Squad: The World Turned Odd

Thursday, Jun. 7 at 4:00 pm on GPB: When Oona, Olympia and Otis accidentally change the past, they undo every odd case Odd Squad ever solved.

Wild Kratts Super Summer Marathon

All day Friday, June 15 on GPB: Wild Kratts take over PBS Kids all day on Friday, June 15 and includes four new episodes from season 5.

Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time

Week of June 18: The Wild Kratts team uses Aviva’s Time Trampoline to jump back in time and meet extinct species.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Family Trip

Week of June 25: Daniel learns there are many exciting things to do and see when you’re on a trip with your family.

JULY 2018

Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

Week of July 2: For the first time ever, Nature Cat boldly goes where he’s never gone before. It’s an aquatic adventure of epic proportions! Hal’s best friend is lost at sea and it’s up to that outdoor explorer extraordinaire to once again save the day. Grab your lifejacket for the movie event!

Ready Jet Go! Back to Borton 7

Week of July 9: When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7.

Nature Cat: The Return of Bad Dog Bart

Week of July 16: ​When Hal uncovers a treasure map, Nature Cat and his friends set off on an epic quest to uncover a hidden store of… cat toys! Along the way, Nature Cat is reunited with his long-lost sister.

Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea

Week of July 23: Aboard Aviva’s newly designed Deep Sea Explorer, the Wild Kratts team ventures to the last creature frontier -the Deep Sea. The challenges of the deep are many, and when ultimately they are forced to make a decision, the Wild Kratts must decide what is truly important.

Odd Squad: The Movie

Week of July 30: Odd squad maybe shutting down due to a new team in town the Weird Team. All the previous agents come back and fight with all the new.

Monthly Activity Booklets

June Summer of Adventure booklet cover

 

June Activity Book

Let’s Explore!

 

July

 

July Activity Book

There’s a World to Discover!

 

August Summer of Adventure booklet cover

 

August Activity Book

Explore Your World!

 

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PBS Kids Apps

PBS Kids offers a variety of free apps for parents and kids that support summer learning and exploration, including the new PBS Kids Games app. Information is available at pbskids.org/apps. PBS Kids programming and content is available for free on the PBS Kids Video App, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

 

More Summer Learning Experiences

Need to get out of the house or take a break from the screen? Join GPB for one our many Atlanta-based community events this summer! GPB encourages families to be a part of something new and learn something along the way. Visit GPB.org/community for a full list of events. For summer resources from the Get Georgia Reading campaign—including meal programs, safety tips and online learning collections—click here.

 

GPB Education Matters Blog

30 Books That Will Inspire Adventure This Summer

From whimsical bedtime stories to action-packed book series, these books will be sure to inspire adventure during the summer break.

by Mary Anne Lane | May 17th, 2018

GPB Is Taking Students On A Live Virtual Exploration Of The Okefenokee Swamp

Introduce students to the "land of the trembling earth" with this Okefenokee Swamp content collection.

by Mary Anne Lane | March 19th, 2018

New Math Game GASHA GO! For K-3

A new math game GASHA GO! for kids in kindergarten through third grade build kids' number sense.

by Laura Evans | January 31st, 2018

Kids Can Explore The Outdoors With New Plum Landing Toolkit

The Plum Landing Explore Outdoors Toolkit is a collection of resources designed to get kids ages 6 to 9 and their family and friends, outdoors and physically active while exploring nature.

by Laura Evans | December 19th, 2017