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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.

PBS KIDS READ Bingo

There are so many adventures to find in books! Play PBS KIDS READ Book Bingo with your child to discover new reads.

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

PBS KIDS SUMMER OF ADVENTURE returns this year with NEW movies in June and July. Check GPB local listings for dates/times.

JUNE 2019

READY JET GO!

Premieres and streams June 17

 
Jet and the gang have a fun night planned with a sleepover in Jet’s backyard, mini-golf, and star-gazing—after all, it’s the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! When Jet reveals that he’s built a brand new super saucer that can take all the kids (and Sunspot) to the Moon, they HAVE to test it out. After a rough landing, the kids realize that a part of the saucer is broken. With Celery and Carrot’s permission, they decide to have their sleepover on the Moon, but after falling asleep they notice Jet and Sunspot have disappeared! Sydney stays behind to work on the saucer while Sean and Mindy venture out to find their friends.
 
In addition to the new special, a new app, READY JET GO! Space Scouts, will also launch in June. Space Scouts includes 5 games, each fostering kids’ science and engineering skills through building of rovers and astronaut bases; designing and planning missions, and growing gardens across the solar system. 

 

JULY 2019

MOLLY OF DENALI


Premieres and streams July 15

 
Produced by WGBH Boston, the newest PBS KIDS series, MOLLY OF DENALI, will premiere July 15 as the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature a Native American lead character. MOLLY OF DENALI follows 10-year-old Molly Mabary, her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini on their daily adventures, from fishing and building snow forts, to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled. Designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts, the series uses books, field guides, historical archives, maps, charts, posters and more to enhance each of Molly’s adventures.
 
The Molly of Denali website and digital games will also launch in July, followed by the Molly of Denali mobile app in August, through which kids will use informational text to fish for salmon, create beaded designs and care for sled dogs. A podcast prequel to the series from WGBH, in partnership with PRX and Gen-Z Media, will also be available on mollyofdenalipodcast.org and on your favorite podcast app starting May 30.
 

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

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PBS KIDS Kicks Off A Summer Of Learning

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PBS KIDS Goes Back To School With Free Resources For Parents And Teachers

High-quality content helps kids, parents, and teachers boost school readiness skills.

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