Staying “Skills Strong” Through Summer

Are you looking for activities to prevent summer skills slide or keep home-bound kids entertained (and educated!)? We’ve curated the following free resources to keep literacy and learning top of mind while school is out of session.

Click on the carets below to expand categories for a complete selection of materials to download or explore online.

Note: Grade ranges are suggestions—explore resources to find what works best for your learner!





Learn at home sample pages

Handwriting

Downloadable Packs

Hands-on practice to strengthen cursive and
manuscript skills.

  • Kindergarten Handwriting Pack (Gr. PreK–1)
    Download and print resources to help students learn and form letters, plus games and hidden letter activities to develop fine-motor skills.
    English | Spanish


Example practice pages
  • Manuscript (Print) Practice Packs (Gr. 1–2)
    Printable pages introduce basic strokes, outline letter formation, and provide extra practice for developing writers.
    English | Spanish
  • Manuscript (Print) Page Templates (Gr. K–2)
    Printable pages include grade-level-specific ruled lines so students can learn where to begin and end letters.
    English | Spanish
  • Cursive Practice Packs (Gr. 2–4+)
    Introduce basic strokes, outline letter formation, and provide extra practice for writing in cursive. English | Spanish

  • Cursive Page Templates (Gr. 2–4+)
    Printable pages feature grade-level-specific ruled lines to help students master good letter sizing and spacing.
    English | Spanish

Handwriting Fun on Pinterest

Standalone activities include a mix of paper/pencil activities and hand-eye practice for development. Browse suggested activities below or view the entire collection on Pinterest.

Grades PreK-2

Grades PreK–2

  • Which Hand?
    Choose this fun activity to determine handedness for grades K–2 students!
  • Sand Shapes
    Traceable textures encourage students to explore letter shapes.
  • Letter Walk
    Create a “foot’s-on” walkway for students to learn their letters.
Grades 2+

Grades 2+

Pintrest handwriting pages

Create Your Own Worksheets

Worksheet Maker
Adults: Create your own handwriting worksheets. Grade-specific templates (writing line size) have options for themes—vocabulary, spelling—and include both English and Spanish letters. Use the maker to type/generate worksheets then print out to trace and model!

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Read Aloud sample pages

Reading

Read Aloud Together

Read-Aloud Routine for Story Books (Gr. K–2)
This four-step routine for reading books aloud together includes comprehension questions adults can ask to check understanding and encourage discussion.

Language Skill Activities

These activities provide practice with essential reading and language arts skills. Each downloadable PDF has multiple fun activities that require very few materials.

Sounds

Sounds

Letters

  • Print Awareness Activities
    Help your child understand that spoken words can be written using letters and spaces and that we read text in the same order and direction.
  • Letter Recognition Activities
    Help your child learn the 26 letters of the alphabet, name each letter, and recognize the uppercase and lowercase form of each letter.

Phonics

  • Letter-Sounds Activities
    Build your child’s understanding that letters in the alphabet stand for sounds and learn these letter-sound relationships.

Structural Analysis

Fluency

Vocabulary

Grammar

Downloadable lesson sample packs feature printable workbook-like pages. Teacher packs feature student pages with answers—download these to check your learner’s work!

Family friendly page examples

Family Friendly

A collection of activities to promote mindfulness, organization, communication, and fun!
  • DIY Destress Activities (Gr. K–5)
    Originally designed to help prevent pre-test stress, this online file includes links to hands-on activities that promote positive thinking and reduce anxiety.
  • Superkids 2020 Calendar Download a calendar you can print to keep track of assignments and activities.
  • The Golly Game (Gr. K+)
    Download and print a Superkids-themed game similar to bingo. Fun for all ages!
  • Postcards
    Seasonal-themed postcards are a great way to sneak in some handwriting practice while staying in touch with friends, families, and teachers. Download to print, color, and mail, or take a photo of the finished card and send electronically.
    Spring
    Grades K–2  |  Grades 2+

    Summer
    Grades K–2+

Resources from Highlights

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  • Highlights on Facebook (Gr. PreK–2)
    Follow Highlights for daily updates and ideas for home.
  • Highlights Hands-on Activities (Gr. 0–6)
    Search a robust collection of activities that can be filtered by type, age, or intent.
  • Highlights@Home (Gr. K+)
    Sign up for a free service for families and teachers that delivers stories, puzzles, videos, crafts, and more every Tuesday and Friday via e-mail.

Highlights activity pages

Suggestions to Share?

We’re looking to expand our list of helpful resources over time, so check back. Do you have a suggestion to add to our list? Drop us a message on Facebook @ZanerBloser.