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    Early Readers' Summer Activities


    Fun Family Activity Cards

    Rhode Island Early Learning & Development Standards


    Fun Family Activities cards give parents information and enjoyable ways to support the development and learning of young children. The activities are based on Rhode Island’s Early Learning and Development Standards. They are meant to help your child develop skills that are important for future learning.


    Providence Community Library


    Community libraries in your neighborhood offer year-round programming to support your child's development and literacy. Check out their story hours and craft projects.



    Chace Children’s Discovery Library

    Providence Public Library

    150 Empire St.



    At this local favorite, there are dozens of story times to fit your child’s needs and your schedule. Cradle to Crayons, for 1-3 year olds, focuses on play and socialization. You and your little one will hear stories, sing songs, and move around. Prepare for K through Play ramps up school readiness for kids ages 4-5.



    RISD Museum Programs

    20 North Main Street



    RISD Museum is the perfect place to take your creative child. Programs include Tours for Tots, How to be a Museum Explorer, Family See and Sketch, Open Studio, Drawing Outside the Lines and more!  This museum is located in Providence and offers free entrance for kids under 5.  Admission is also free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm). 



    Hasbro’s FunLab


    We wouldn’t ordinarily recommend that you make your kids tests subject, but we’ve heard great things about Hasbro’s FunLab. Sign up on their website, and you and your child will be invited to come down and play with age appropriate toys. The free experience is always well organized and a lot of fun.



    Home Depot Family Projects


    From gardening to construction to other creative crafts, Home Depot offers engaging ideas and easy instructions online.


    Education.com Workshops and Games


    The education.com website offers activities by grade level and includes 30,000+ worksheets, online games, lesson plans and more.

  • Dear Families,


    One of the most powerful activities you can do to support your children’s education is to read to them and with them—all year long. That is why Providence Public Schools and PPSD Cares are making sure that your young learners have free, age-appropriate books this summer to grow their skills and instill a love of reading.


    When you are ready to read a book with your child, start by asking questions about the cover than inspire a child’s natural curiosity. What do you think the title means about what is inside? What information does the picture on the cover tell you? With each new page, follow the words with your finger and identify words that are new. Sound out new words.


    We encourage families to read with their children in the language they feel most comfortable! Reading and talking about the texts you are reading in any language will support the academic development of your child.


    Thank you for supporting your child’s development, and have a great summer of learning.




    Javier Montañez

    Interim Superintendent




    Estimadas familias,

    Una de las actividades más poderosas que puede hacer para apoyar la educación de sus niños es leerles y leer con ellos. Es por eso que las Escuelas Públicas de Providence y PPSD Cares se están asegurando que los estudiantes más pequeños tengan libros gratuitos apropiados a su edad este verano para desarrollar sus habilidades e inculcar el amor a la lectura. 


    Cuando esté listo para leer un libro con su niño o niña, comience por hacer preguntas sobre la portada que inspiren la curiosidad natural del niño o niña. ¿Qué crees que el titulo te dice sobre el contenido del libro? ¿Qué información te dice la ilustración de la portada? Con cada página nueva, siga las palabras con el dedo e identifique las palabras nuevas. Pronuncie nuevas palabras.


    ¡Anímanos a las familias a leer con sus niños en el idioma en el que más se sientan cómodos! Leer y hablar sobre los textos que están leyendo en cualquier idioma apoyará el desarrollo académico de su niño o niña.


    Gracias por apoyar el desarrollo de su niño o niña, y que tenga un gran verano de aprendizaje.




    Javier Montañez

    Superintendente Interino