Summer can be a time of learning loss for kids. But not during KERA’s annual Summer Learning Challenge!
This free program gives parents and caregivers a structured, easily-accessible blueprint to a fun, educational summer filled with kids’ favorite PBS characters.
We invite you to connect with us and other KERA parents in our Summer Learning Challenge group on Facebook.
In addition to an activity calendar, tips and materials, this year’s Challenge will include virtual instead of in-person events, to continue promoting healthy physical distancing.
Let’s have a fun summer of learning! Email any questions about the Challenge along the way to email@example.com.
☀️ The Activity Calendar: Every day of the month features an engaging, fun activity. In the calendar below, click each day to access the accompanying link or resource. You can add a particular day to your own calendar by tapping the “Save” button. You also can add the whole month to some personal calendar services by clicking “Subscribe.” Prefer PDF versions? Get them here.
☀️ The Checklist: This is your guide to completion of the Challenge! The most important requirement for completion? Have fun ♥️
☀️ PBS Summer Reading Chart: We’ll be taking a lot of literary adventures this summer, so log the books you read on this chart.
☀️ PBS Summer Reading Bookmarks: Need to hold your place? Create bookmarks of your own or print out these PBS-themed versions.
☀️ Library Book Carousels: Dallas librarians pick out themed book recommendations for KERA Kids each month. If you have a Dallas Library card, you can check out books and e-books right in the carousels below (click the + sign). If you live outside of Dallas, use the carousels to browse titles to check out at your own local library, or sign up for your city library’s summer reading program.
☀️ Reading Tips for Families: Reading together as a family has many benefits for children. Check out these tips and book lists from PBS created especially for parents.
Bonus! ☀️ Extra Printable Activity Sheets: Here are 12 additional coloring and activity sheets, just for fun.
▸ NEW! You can now complete your SLC checklist online, right here. Just fill out the form and click/tap “Submit.”
▸ Also submit your reading chart. Take a picture of it or scan it, then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you still prefer to download and email the traditional checklist PDF here’s how:
2. Tally up progress on the benchmarks that are listed.
3. Upon completion, have each child sign their name. Send the form to us by Friday, August 21, 2020.
You can scan the form (or take a good, clear smartphone photo of it) and email it to us at email@example.com. You can also mail it to us at:
KERA Community Engagement
Attn: Denita Malvern
3000 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75201
Once we receive the completed checklist, we’ll send your child(ren) a KERA STEAM prize pack in the mail!
August offers fun titles to energize minds right before heading back to school: books inspired by museums for elementary ages, mysterious detective stories for middle school, and interesting STEM-themed reads for kids. Check out the carousels below for reading recommendations, and view more librarian-picked content on a wide variety of topics in our book recommendation and checkout tool. NOTE: Dallas residents with a library card can check out books using the carousels. Otherwise, use them to get ideas for books you want to check out through your own city’s library.
The Summer Bridge To Math Success is another KERA initiative that helps parents craft a productive summer for their kids, aimed at quarantine learning loss.
▸ What: KERA TV is broadcasting math lessons for grades K-8 plus Algebra I, created and taught by Dallas ISD teachers.
▸ When: Monday through Friday each week from July 6 to August 7. Daily viewing schedule:
▸ Where: Watch on KERA TV (13.1) or via our live stream
▸ Why: North Texas students lost valuable classroom time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To give kids and teens another shot at learning math skills required by the state, KERA TV is partnering with Dallas ISD to broadcast engaging, 14-minute-long math lessons.
▸ Learn more: Get more context, plus extra math resources, right here.
These virtual events will take place in the SLC Facebook group. Join us there at the time of each event.
Note: The expert for this virtual event has changed to Dr. Ron Tykoski, the Perot Museum’s Palentology Lab Director.
Meet Myria Perez, a fossil preparator, from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. She has cleaned and repaired fossils from all over the world and from many different extinct animals.
This virtual event takes place Thursday, August 6, at 9:30 a.m.
Myria began her path in paleontology as a volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at age 12 and earned her degrees in geology and anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
yogees yoga 4 kids creator Taylor Seideman will share yoga, songs and a yoga-along storytime each month over the summer (see schedule below). We will start with a warm up and songs, followed by a yoga-along reading of a new book each time. Class will include a mindfulness practice and savasana.
▸ Tuesday, June 23, at 11 a.m.: I am Human: A Book of Empathy, a message of empathy for children and their families.
▸ Tuesday, July 14, at 11 a.m.: I Am Enough, a delightful collection of positive affirmations to reinforce the importance of self-esteem and self-acceptance. Bonus! » Download this printable I Am Enough activity sheet
▸ Tuesday, August 4, at 11 a.m.: I Like Myself!, an ode to self-esteem high on energy and imagination.
Did you know there are over 200 species of birds right here in North Texas?
Ben Jones, Dallas Zoo’s senior director of conservation, will share his love for birdwatching in this virtual event, along with tips and tricks for exploring the world of birds right outside our homes. We’ll also learn how to use binoculars, field guides and our observation skills to identify the bird species we see.
This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, July 28, at 1 p.m.
▸ After the lesson with Ben, download and print this Backyard Bingo game to play with your family! Check off the birds and other summer-yard items you discover during your outdoor exploration.
Meet archaeologist Dr. Becca Peixotto during a behind-the-scenes look at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s “Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind” exhibit.
This virtual event takes place Thursday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m.
We’ll learn about amazing discoveries of ancient human relatives from South Africa. What do these fossils tell us about what it means to be human? How do scientists find the fossils and study them?
▸ Bonus paleoanthropology resource: How did scientists discover Neo? That’s the nickname scientists gave to a partial skeleton of an adult Homo naledi, found in the Rising Star Cave in South Africa. Neo is a human ancestor who would have lived at least 236,000 to 336,000 years ago. Learn more about Neo »
Charles “Baba Kwasi” Harris introduces children to the oldest drum beat in the world. Using an array of drums, rhythm instruments, song and the power of sound and vibration, Baba Kwasi will demonstrate how people come together with storytelling, movement and rhythm as a form of communication and meaningful social relations.
This Facebook Watch Party takes place Friday, July 10, at 11 a.m.
Baba Kwasi is co-founder of the Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens, a performing arts and youth mentoring organization.
Questions about the program? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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