Double the Fun, Double the Learning this Summer

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Soccer, camping, the beach, playing in the backyard with friends, all these and more make summer fun for kids. Now, if I’m able to inject a bit of extra learning amidst it all, even better. That’s why I wanted to mention PBS Kids this summer, because not only do they have great programming for kids, but they offer lots of resources for parents as well.

So if you are looking to inject a little extra learning into your kids’ fun this summer, too, here is just some of what PBS Kids have to offer:

Curious George on the Beach


It’s Double the Fun on PBS Kids! The Summer schedule features back to back episodes of Wild Kratts, Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train and Arthur. Please check your local listings for more details.

Enjoy the start of season 2 of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with a special one-hour premiere celebrating the arrival of a new addition to the Tiger Family: Daniel Tiger’s little sister Margaret on Monday, August 18th, 2014.

Daniel Tiger New Baby


Get daily learning tips, activities, games and more at through August 22. Your kids will learn and have fun with Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat and more!

Also, find educational activities, experiments, crafts and more at where parents like you and me can share what we are doing with our kids this summer. If you have twitter, follow the #CampPBSParents to join in the conversation and the fun.

PBS KIDS Partner Resources: Throughout the summer, parents can download free summer learning materials from Carson-Dellosa at and from

Supervision app

Free Apps: PBS KIDS offers a variety of free apps for parents and kids to support summer learning, including the new PBS KIDS Super Vision App and PBS KIDS Video. Information about the apps is available at

Free Episodes and E-books: Parents can download a free PBS KIDS episode each week at Special episode collections will also be available to download. Through August 22, the award-winning app MeeGenius will also offer a free read-along audio e-book each week (along with special PBS KIDS product offers). Special offers will also be available in the LeapFrog App Center throughout the summer.

Community Activities

PBS member stations: More than 75 PBS stations in communities across the country are partnering with local organizations, including school and library systems, United Way, Head Start, camps, daycare providers and more, to help kids keep learning all summer long.  Collectively, PBS member stations estimate they will serve more than half-a-million children and adults through partnerships, local events and educational activities.

Carson-Dellosa Publishing:  PBS KIDS and Carson-Dellosa Publishing are working together to address summer learning loss in communities across the country through the distribution of more than 100,000 free summer activity books that will be distributed by PBS member stations. Additionally, Carson-Dellosa is donating up to 15,000 books and learning materials for PBS stations to provide to children from low-income homes in their communities.

Play, Learn, Have Fun this Summer,


Music to My Ears, “Mama Can I Read a Book?”

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The new school year is just around the corner and today I have a great tip that has helped my kids to read more.  If you are looking for something to stimulate your kids’ love of reading, I hope this will work for you, too.

A couple of weeks ago I was introduced to Storia, a new e-reading app by Scholastic that both encourages children to read and helps parents track their kids’ reading progress.

My kids absolutely love it! My elder boy took the iPad from my hands, sat down, and read for 45 minutes the first time!! Fantastic.

The app is free and you can get it directly from  When you download it to your device (it is available for Windows, iPad, and soon on Android Tablets) you get 5 free books.  Here are some of the things you can do with it:

  • Open a bookshelf for each of your children.
  • Change the bookshelf’s background to fit each kid’s personality.
  • Buy scholastic e-books at and add them to the app
  • Follow your kids’ reading progress: the number of pages each reads, how many words they check in the dictionary (included in the App), and how long each child spends reading.

Some books have interactive activities like scrambled sentences, drawing boards, and more.  Kids can also highlight words or phrases and check words they don’t know in the dictionary. When they click on the word the app shows the definition and pronounces it.  My kids love using the app and I love seeing them read.

Enjoy reading!