Afterschool Express: Top Summer Reading & Writing Resources

Have you ever wished you could bring home a teacher for the summer so your child didn't lose anything they learned during the school year?  Here's your chance!

Do you follow us on Pinterest?  Start now!

I've spent many hours searching the internet, collecting ideas and activities for reading and writing.  As I'm reading, evaluating and pinning things I'm thinking of YOU and YOUR CHILD and what your child would need for SUPPORT and what they might need to CHALLENGE them through the year, including during the Summer Break.  As I'm searching, I'm seeing the websites as a Mom and also as a Early Childhood Teacher.  Amanda views them as a Mom, Elementary Teacher and also as a Reading Specialists.  So you get the best of both worlds...Teachers and Moms!

We know that each summer our children can have Summer Learning Loss.  Our hope is that you will use these resources to create activities with your child to prevent this.  We recommend checking these resources out if you're Preparing your child for Kindergarten & Preschool too! Make sure to create a Reading Environment in your home this summer. Plus you can keep this List handy for during the school year too, for additional support for your child in reading and writing.  It's like having a tutor in your bag of resources as a parents! 

Here are some of our favorite Reading and Writing Activities for you to do this Summer.

  • Writing Ideas Pinterest Board~ Here are some ideas for creative writing with your child.  This is one skill that is very important to maintain over summer and many times summer learning loss is demonstrated here.  Keep a summer story journal!
Here are some of our own Writing and Reading Resources on The Educators' Spin On It
  • Writing Activities ~ We've written many resources for you for ideas for writing with your young children. 

  • Love Books Page~ A Collection of Books with Activities from our followers
  • Virtual Book Club ~ Join us May 30 as we cohost with Toddler Approved a Virtual Book Club with The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle!  Check out more Virtual Book Clubs this summer too!  
  • Afterschool Express Activities ~ Each week we've shared what we were doing with our Kindergarten children and cohosted with other bloggers who shared their afterschool activities.  Plus bloggers from all over were linking up their ideas too... This has so many resources for you! 
ADDED BONUS! Here are some of our favorite Pinterest Boards we follow for Language Arts
PLUS We are a part of these resourceful Collaborative Pinterest Boards.
Do you have a younger child?  Start here with Tot School or Baby Time for some Activity Ideas!

We have had so much fun sharing our Afterschool Express Activities with you this school year.  We will continue to share our adventures throughout the summer too!  And trust me we will keep pinning new ideas as we see them as we look for ideas to use with our children.  Don't forget we're always sharing ideas on our facebook page too, make sure you "like" us there too! 

Learning never stops at our houses.  It just becomes a lot more hands on during the summer months as we have more time to explore our surroundings and emerge into a Summer Camp like setting.  We're looking forward to sharing some of our Summer Camp Curriculum with you SOON! Plus we can't wait for our Love Books: Summer Reading Book Exchange.  Keep your eye out for some fun Book and Activity ideas to do with your child!  Don't forget to check out your child's Summer Reading List too from their school!  Keep checking our SUMMER PINTEREST BOARD for new finds!  

The Afterschool Blog Hop is cohosted by
Mama Smiles * this week's host
If you are a blogger and have a great activity for grade-school kids, we'd love to have you link up these and any other ideas for after-schooling that you may have!

If you have a Reading or Language Arts Pinterest Board or Actities you'd like to share please leave it in the Comment Section Below.  The more resources the better for our children!


MaryAnne K said...

What a great collection of resources! Thanks for linking up to Afterschool :)

Growing a Godly Girl said...

Thanks so much for commenting on my lead me to yours and I love it! Can't believe that I haven't ran across it previously. I have a book list Pinterest Board:

Deb Chitwood said...

Awesome post, Kim ... I LOVE all the resources! I pinned your post to my Summer Fun Pinterest board at

SMMART ideas said...

I am nominating you for the "versitile blogger award"...So now, please post about 15 blogs that you love!

Story Time For Me said...

Hi Kim, love your blog, I just found it as I was looking for some learning activities for kids. Just wanted to give you a big thank you for putting out so much effort giving quality information for parents.

I want to subscribe to your posts via email but don't see that option, am I missing it? I want to share your tips with my own Pinterest, Facebook and email subscribers which I'll be sure to credit you as the source. Looking forward to reading more tips from you. Keep up the great work!

Founder of

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks Deb for your kind words and for sharing on your board!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks MaryAnne for hosting Afterschool Blog Hop this week and for always bringing such great ideas week after week!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks Lisa for the kind words, award and sharing our site on your site!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks for sharing your board and for stopping by!

Janet said...

I love your blog!!! I just found it and as I read the things you have accumulated for us, I have a feeling deep inside that I was led to your blog.
It is not easy to find someone with a love of teaching and caring about the little ones in todays world, so thank you for the inspiration and information.
I would like to be able to email you with some questions, but do not see that option. I hope it is all right to put your site on my blog so my parents can look at your blog, too.
Once again, thank you!!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Janet thank you so much for your kind words. Our email is located under our about page but just so you have it, it's We'd love for you to share our site with parents, that's our goal to give parents as many tools they need for their children.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

Thanks Andrew for your gratitude, it does take time to create our blog and is nice when someone stops by to notice and utilize our informations and resources we share. We currently do not an our email set up to send out our posts, but hopefully will in the near future. Until then keep following us on facebook and you'll receive every post we make and all the treasures we find as we're researching. Here's our facebook link and our Pinterest Link

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