Kentucky Education Television (KET)
This section of the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) website has content devoted specifically to young learners. They also provide links to parent resources for supporting healthy development and learning for children.
KET Education: Activities for Exploring at Home
This additional Kentucky Educational Television (KET) resource is specifically designed to encourage summer exploring and learning at home for students Grade PreK-3.
PBS Learning Media
PBS Learning Media is a vast collection of videos, images, articles and more that are often used by K-12 teachers throughout the school year. However, these same resources are a great source of educational content parents and caregivers may use to meet the learning needs of children at home.
Kentucky Virtual Library
The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), a program of the Council on Postsecondary Education, is a consortium between Kentucky K-12 schools, universities and public libraries. It provides access to dozens of databases covering a wide range of information, including access to digital magazines and books. During the summer, your public library can help you access content available through KYVL.
Library of Congress
This section of the Library of Congress website has links and resources geared specifically to help families learn together, including activities, read alouds and more.
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is an excellent print publication, but their free online resources are useful for quick bits of summer learning. The short nonfiction articles are high-interest and make a great source for quick summer reads.
Wonderopolis, a program of the National Center for Families Learning, is a collection of interesting articles designed to get kids to question, think and explore. Each article contains great vocabulary, images and links to other reliable information on the Internet. To learn more about how families and teachers can use this free resource at home to build knowledge and wonder, watch our guest webcast below featuring Wonderopolis.
Sync: Audiobooks for Teens
Sync is a summer program sponsored by AudioFile Magazine. Teens can sign up to be notified by text each week when two FREE audio books are released. These can be downloaded during the week and listened to any time through the OverDrive Sora app. Audiobooks are great for some reluctant readers but also just another way to read and consume great literature.
Storyline Online is a collection of children’s books being read aloud by well-known actors along with professionally produced displays of illustrations.
Storynory is an online collection of over 600 free audiobooks.
Audible is offering a sampling of their audiobook collection for free. The stories are organized by age, making selection of appropriate titles easy for readers, and they even offer titles across eight different languages. The free collection is only available as long as schools are closed, so start listening today.
READ-A-PALOOZA gives kids safe access to full books, live events and games by creating an account on Scholastic’s Home Base. The at-home learning activities encourage kids to track their reading to earn rewards all summer long and also give back to the community by unlocking book donations. Adults also can enjoy free summer reading resources, without creating an account, by visiting scholastic.com/summer where they will find book lists, articles, podcasts and more.
This specific page on the Reading Rockets website offers a wide variety of information, support, resources and research for parents who want to encourage reading and learning for their children.
Please e-mail the ELA team with any questions.