Out-of-school learning resources for families

With summer vacation in full swing, we’re excited to share a collection of resources for families to keep students learning without the school bell! Whether it’s a family activity or reading practice, there are plenty of ways to engage children in education while they enjoy the summer break. 

NCFL resources: 

Wonderopolis® – NCFL’s award-winning website fosters natural curiosity and imagination in learners of all ages. Subscribe to the Wonder of the Day® email newsletter to get an intriguing daily question designed to engage children in the excitement of learning. In as little as 30 minutes a day, these activities reinforce the content learned while building background knowledge and vocabulary skills.

Cultivating Readers – This parent-friendly magazine provides effective and easy strategies to promote reading throughout a child’s early years. Ideal for children ages 0-8, with activities broken down by age group. (Also available in Spanish.)

Family Engagement Activities – There is plenty of fun to be had with the supplies around your home! Check out our Family Engagement Activities booklet for games and activities the family can enjoy together that also support the child’s learning and development. 

Additional resources:

America Library Association – The Association for Library Service to Children division of the ALA has released its 2023 Summer Reading Lists! The lists are available to download for free for birth-preschool, grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. 

Colorín Colorado – This resource is ideal for families of English language learners. Browse their selection of summer reading and learning tips, all of which are available in Spanish. 

National Geographic – This website is full of free activities and suggestions for families to do at home. Their suggestions include STEM activities that ask learners to address actual problems in their communities and neighborhoods, supporting children’s growth and understanding of the world around them. 

Online Camps – Did you know that there are free summer camps that are available online? Common Sense Media has curated a list of online camps (free and paid) for children who love learning, technology, or creating. 

PBS Kids for Parents – PBS KIDS provides resources for a Summer of Adventure, including a summer activity book and reading chart. Peruse their website for additional articles and activities designed to keep kids engaged over the school break. 

Summer Stride – Not entirely sure what approach will help a child the most over the break? Visit Be A Learning Hero and take their free Readiness Check to find out where your child is doing well and where they may need more support. 

Virtual Field Trips – Curious children can also take virtual field trips from home! Some exciting options include the White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium