6 resources to support families learning together all summer long

Summer break is here. It’s time to find fun and engaging activities to encourage students and their families to keep learning throughout summer months! The team at NCFL has rounded up a list of resources to check out:

Cover image of NCFL's Family Engagement Activities booklet

Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® activities are designed to be playful interactions between adults and children that also support the child’s learning and development. NCFL staff have designed a bundle of activities that encompass social-emotional benefits of play-based learning, foster inclusion, nurture cognitive and social development, support emergent learning in literacy and math and, most importantly, cultivate joy! Download the bundle here.

Unite for Literacy’s platform of nonfiction books for emergent readers features audible narration, language options, and a plethora of topics. In all, there are more than 50 language narrations represented among this free, digital book library!

DREME Family Math offers resources aimed at improving math skills for young scholars. Explore the site to find research-based activities designed to increase joy and learning in family math.

Planning a summer health fair? NCFL’s Healthy Family Habits free event toolkit offers step-by-step guides for hosting four different intergenerational events with quality family engagement opportunities. 

Who Smarted? is an online educational podcast designed to pique children’s curiosity in science and history topics. Visit the website to listen to the podcast episodes or listen on any podcast player. 

At the public broadcasting station WETA’s summer reading website, Start with a Book, find 24 themes for families to dive into—music, dinosaurs, bugs, flight, planets and stars, our green world, inventors, detectives, explorers, and much more. Each theme includes dozens of carefully chosen fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, writing ideas, apps and websites to deepen a child’s learning. The site also features free toolkits and activity guides, plus tips on reading aloud and building fluency skills.

Looking for more activities? Follow NCFL and #NCFLOutofSchoolTime on your social media platform of choice for more ideas throughout the summer!