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Keep your kids learning and occupied throughout the summer with a variety of free programs. Scroll down for printable math and reading booklets.

Learning at Home: Hands-On activities, online resources, printables, apps and more.

PBS Summer LearningA collection of videos and interactives.

Legends of LearningThis site is providing 10 weeks of free math and science activities that are game-based. They are also running STEM competitions. For grades 1 - 8.

Wide Open SchoolA collection of online learning sites organized by grade (pre-school through 12) and subject.

Smartpegs8 weeks of free science activities

Start with a BookThis site has printable Reading Adventure Packs for grades K - 3, covering a variety of topics, including Bugs, Birds, and Animals; Flight; Time and Time Travel; and others (24 altogether). You'll also find links to hands-on activities, writing prompts, websites and mobile apps.

Things You Wanna Know: NatGeo Kids video series.

Newsela Summer Reading ClubsFor grades 2 - 12, students can join clubs on a variety of interests, including animals, technology, movies, and more.

Explorer HQBecome an intrepid explorer and complete a variety of unusual missions to earn badges.

Science of Summer: Explore the science behind summer activities at this PBS LearningMedia site. Topics include the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the science of blowing bubbles, the mineral composition of sand, and the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and roller coasters.

Maker CampFeatures a collection of projects to make at home.

Camp WonderopolisExplore wonders about music and how it relates to other fields, such as science, math and history.

Camp GoNoodleEach week in July, you receive an email with  new adventures and activities, both online and off, and the ability to earn badges. 

Self-Learning for KidsNot really a program, but a very long list of free, self-learning online resources for kids in pre-K through sixth grades. There are 75 resources, organized by type.

Summer Learning Packets (Printable booklets):

Grade K Math

Grade K Reading

Grade 1 Reading

Grade 1 Addition/Subtraction

Grade 1 Counting

Grade 2 Fiction

Grade 2 Non-Fiction

Grade 2 Math

Grade 2 Math Answer Key

Grade 2 Geometry

Grade 3 Fiction

Grade 3 Non-Fiction

Grade 3 Math

Grade 3 Math Answer Key

 



Cooking Eggs on Sidewalks -- And Other Free Sun Resources Tags: summer activities ideas summer activities kids summer ideas fun summer activities free summer activities

With the approach of summer, many home educators continue to look for activities to keep their kids learning, and occupied, through those long, steamy days. One place to try for some ideas is Wonderopolisa site that attempts to ignite that natural curiosity in children by answering questions about-- and providing instructions for experimenting with -- various "wonders of the day," such as:

Can You Really Cook An Egg on the Sidewalk?

How Hot is the Sun?

How Does the Sun Make Energy?

Can You Collect Sunlight?

 

More Free Sun Resources:

Check out these reading resources from DKfindout! about the sun in our solar system, light and heat energy, uses of sunlight, and sun worship.

DIY Sun Science Activities: 

Ancient Sun Observations

Make a Prism

Solar Oven Smores

Free Readers: 


 
 



Summer Reading Tags: summer reading summer reading list summer reading program summer reading list high school summer reading 2012 summer reads

If you would like to encourage your teens to continue reading over the summer, and maybe get through some classics on the high school reading lists, here are some audio/visual resources that may help:

  • SYNC Young Adult Audio Books and Classics

Throughout the summer, Audiofile Magazine is offering free downloads of selected classics and YA bestsellers. They present the audiobooks in pairs, matching YA titles with classics that have similar themes, such as: 

The program begins on April 27th. Click here for 2017 schedule.

  • Video Summaries/Analyses of the Classics

60 Second Recap features video overviews of classic literature, such as Huck Finn, 1984, Shakespeare plays, and more. For each classic, there is a discussion of the plot, characters, themes, motifs and symbols, broken down into 60 second chunks. The site has a resources page that gives definitions of literary elements (allegory, satire, etc.), tips on how to write a paper, and tips on how you can communicate effectively in 60 seconds.

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