Keep Children Learning Throughout Summer

Keep Children Learning Throughout Summer
PBS KIDS and PBS Parents have developed a myriad of online resources to keep children learning all summer. The relaunched PBSKIDS.org/read site includes interactive games that children can play to build literacy skills, including PBS KIDS Island, an amusement park–themed game experience for preschoolers, and the Great Word Quest, an online scavenger hunt–style activity for children aged 6 to 9. PBS Parents has an array of content available for parents, including free, downloadable printables featuring PBS KIDS characters, as well as tips and activity ideas for families to do together. Parents can also download free episodes of select PBS KIDS series via PBSParents.org. Each week a new episode will be available, starting now and running through August. Families can also visit PBSKIDS.org/mobile and download a variety of PBS KIDS educational apps, including the new free PBS KIDS Video for iPad app, which features more than 1,000 videos from the PBS KIDS series.
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Plus: The iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge, which runs from June 6 to July 15, features free literacy-building resources for parents and children designed by the experts at PBS Parents and PBS KIDS. A Challenge Coach will provide daily reading-activity assignments, answer parent questions and offer advice throughout the online event. Guest coaches, such as cast members, characters, authors and series creators from PBS KIDS, will also provide activities and ideas each week. iVillage, an online community for women, and PBS KIDS will also host reading parties with parent bloggers and within the iVillage community, reaching more than 1,500 children across the country. Soar with Reading, a joint project of PBS KIDS and JetBlue, will kick off in June and will encourage children’s imaginations to take flight through reading. More information on the initiative will be available in early June.
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