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Summer Learning

For children and students, the freedom of summer is an avenue for exploration and discovery. What an ideal opportunity to blend their interests with educational activities! To help students get started, we have collected resources that can be used to begin this adventure. Now is a perfect time to encourage a creative approach to a variety of self-chosen topics that will spark imagination and inspire learning.

For Parents and Guardians
  1. Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning (Grades K – 12)
    The Barbara Bush Foundation has created an Educational Toolkit to Help Parents and Children Learn Together at Home. Free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills through the summer and while schools are closed. To help parents choose among the plethora of available options, literacy and education experts have curated a toolkit of trusted, high-quality online resources that can be used anytime, anywhere.
  2. 2020 Summer Reading at New York State Libraries (Grades K – 12)
    The 2020 summer reading slogan and theme is “Imagine Your Story,” a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and sharing your own unique story and voice. This year, libraries across the state will be offering a selection of online and virtual programming – special events, reading challenges, fun activities, and more – throughout the summer months from June through August. Please check your local library’s website to see what it has planned for summer reading and summer learning programs.
  3. New York State Museum Online Education Portal (Grades K – 12)
    The New York State Museum (NYSM) offers a one-stop place for a wide variety of online educational resources for students and their teachers and caregivers. The NYSM Portal to Online Education Resources and Activities includes Live Field Trips to the New York State Museum every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) through the summer.
  4. NYC Department of Education – Summer Learning and COVID-19 (Grades K – 12)
    Includes virtual schedules, virtual field trips, apps, and many other summer activities and resources. Includes free physical activity resources, COVID-19 guidance materials, and provides grade by grade activities and resources for students to use at home.
  5. National Summer Learning Association – Resources for Families (Grades K – 12)
    Provides resources and guidance on remote learning and news for families, with links to research, newsletters, and summer events. Includes the Top 10 Easy Summer Learning Tips for Parents
  6. New York State Library Personal History Initiative and Summer Reading 2020 “Imagine Your Story” 
    Ideas for Summer Reading Projects using the NYSL COVID-19 Personal History Initiative!
  7. Camp PBS KIDS For Parents
    Summer is full of opportunities to play and learn! Explore ideas, tips and activities around different themes with your favorite PBS KIDS characters! Different camp themes include, PBS KIDS Read, Blast Off Into Space, Get Creative With the Arts, Dive Into Dinosaurs, Simple Science Activities, All About Animals, and more.
For Students
  1. Virtual Field Trips to the New York State Museum (Grades K – 12)
    K-12. Join the "Facebook Live Field Trips to the New York State Museum" every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Visit with NYSM educators, scientists, and historians as they take you behind the scenes of some of the museum's exhibits and collections to highlight cool finds and facts from New York State.
  2. Summer Guide – Growing Up NYC  (Grades 6 – 12)
    From the City of New York, guidance for Generation NYC on free things you can do indoors and outdoors this summer with your family. Activities and information for Teens and Young Adults, with ideas to make the most of the warm weather while staying healthy with free indoor and outdoor activities, learning at home, staying connected, updated information on the coronavirus, and more.
  3. Brain Pop, BrainPop Jr(Grades K-12)
    BrainPop offers over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music. Materials are available in Spanish. BrainPOP is currently offering free access to schools closed due to COVID-19.
  4. NYS Summer Reading 2020 for Kids! (Grades K-12)
    Get creative this summer with ideas to spark the imagination! A variety of resources can be found including Booklists, Crafts, Games, video challenges, and Reading & Writing activities to keep kids of all ages engaged in learning.
  5. National Geographic - Bring Exploration to Life for Learners (Grades 6 -12)
    To support keeping young minds engaged this summer National Geographic shares the first-ever Summer Learning Series. Over the course of eight weeks, National Geographic offers opportunities for young people to stay engaged in meaningful learning and connect with others. Each week virtually visit a different part of the world and learn about its geographic features, population, climate, ecology, biodiversity, culture, history and more. Join on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The live video events, streamed on YouTube, connect young people with National Geographic Explorers—leading scientists, researchers, educators and storytellers—as they share their stories and experiences from the field.
  6. 2020 Summer Reading at New York Libraries 
    Summertime means a chance to explore new books and e-books, learn new skills, and check out resources, programs and activities through Summer Reading at New York Libraries. It’s the perfect time for students of all ages to see what their local library has to offer! The 2020 summer reading slogan and theme is “Imagine Your Story,” a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and sharing your own unique story and voice.
  7. Camp TV: A Nationwide Day Camp 
    Beginning July 13 Camp TV is a new one-hour public television series that shares the fun activities of day camp with children nationwide, weekdays beginning Monday, July 13