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Learners Connection Summer

Encourages preschoolers to follow their curiosity
20 New Ideas and Activities to Try This Summer
Summer activities
Resources that provide educators, homeschoolers, daycare providers, parents, and guardians the tools they need to create a holistic learning experience.

Access engaging educational resources for the children in your care. We have a rich array of lesson plans, educational videos, interactives, and more.

Register Today! One of the best ways to navigate our resources is to register for one or both of our educational newsletters.

Early Learning

Kindergarten - High School

Background Images for your Computer Download one of these unique backgrounds from your favorite PBS KIDS shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, and more! 

Download Today! Slideshow images, animated GIFs, and infographic interactives from PBS NATURE.

Resources from PBS LearningMedia (Examples from the site are included below.)

PBS LearningMedia - Free for PreK-12 educators and students. You can browse by grade level, subject area, and resource type. You can also favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues. 

Transition back to school can be challenging and exciting for both students and teachers. PBS LearningMedia is ready to support you with tools and resources.

Example 1 - The Dissection 101 series includes educational videos, lesson plans, quizzes, and other materials for many dissections — crayfish, clam, earthworm, and more! (6-12)

Example 2 - This collection features activities and video resources to help students get to know each other, their new school routines, and lesson plans to help you get your new class off to a great start. (PreK-5)

Example 3 - HERO ELEMENTARY inspires children to do real science to make a difference in their world. The HERO ELEMENTARY Collectionoffers videos, digital games, and hands-on investigations for educators. (Grades: K-2)

Example 4 - In Activity Starters, an animated character introduces a concept and activity in each episode. Then the character encourages the viewers to try the activity at home or in the classroom. (Grades: PreK-4)

Example 5 - It’s Lit! is a series of smart, funny video essays from PBS Digital Studios about our favorite books and why we love to read. (6-12)

From PBS Parents and PBS KIDS

School is Back in Session! Explore different topics, such as coping with back-to-school anxieties and emotions, creating daily routines, and tackling common situations that arise with the start of school.

Creating Routines Consistent routines provide comfort and a sense of safety to young children. When they know what to expect and what’s expected of them, kids feel more comfortable and confident about what lies ahead. 

How to Prepare Your Child for a New School This year, my son will go from the preschool he’s known his entire life to kindergarten at a new elementary school. Months ago, he was excited. But as the reality set in, he became nervous and scared. 

Back to School Booklet! PBS KIDS can help the children in your care transition from summer back to school. This booklet includes a school checklist, the first week of the school year calendar, and more!  

PBS KIDS Apps and More! Play free learning gameswith your favorite PBS KIDS characters anytime, anywhere. PBS KIDS Games features top shows, including Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Super Why, and more.

Play PBS KIDS Games, Including Arthur's Back to School Game! Help Arthur complete tasks for his teacher on the first day of school. Enjoy interactive games, videos, and fun with all your ARTHUR friends!

Crafts, Recipes, and More!

Activity Ideas, crafts, tips, and more!

Simple, fun, and family-friendly projects.

Watch, play, and learn with your favorite PBS KIDS characters.

America's Test Kitchen provides recipes, activities, and quizzes! The kitchen is a great place for kids to experiment and explore! 

Kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they are developing important critical thinking skills!

Explore reading, math, science, and more with this 12 Week Program that includes videos, activities, and games! (PreK-1)

Online Videos - PBS KIDS TALK ABOUT, Full-Time Kid, and PBS Digital Studios (For Older Students)

SDPB Educational Television

South Dakota Public Broadcasting currently offers four free, over-the-air programming channels (schedule). SDPB1-TV is our main channel (watch live), which carries a daytime block of children's programming. SDPB2-TV has the WORLD Channel (watch live), which focuses on public affairs and information. SDPB3-TV is the Create Channel (watch live), providing a wide variety of how-to, hobby, and personal interest programming. SDPB4-TV is the PBS Kids channel offering children's educational programming 24/7. 

PBS Kids Conversation Cards 

  • PBS KIDS Shows Conversation Cards (PDF) - Additional Conversation Cards (PDF)

PBS Discussion Cards and Guide 

  • Guide - Taking TV Time to the Next Level (PDF)
  • Discussion Questions (PDF)
  • Discussion Cards (PDF)

NPR Life Kit Series

For more information about SDPB's Educational Resources Contact

 Dr. Marcy Drew at 

Kevin Nelson at  

Amelia Meyer at 

Steven Rokusek at 


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