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This week, we reflect on the power of curiosity, and how reading brings us on journeys to new places. In our ReadIN video, performer Allyson Tucker discusses why reading is one of her favorite activities, and then shares the book Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring The Earth to Life, written by Sallie W. Chisholm, and illustrated by Molly Bang. 

To quote Allyson Tucker, "sit back, get comfortable, buckle up, and let's get started!" 


CLICK HERE or on the image above to hear the story. 

BOKS Give Me 10!
1-3 Minutes



Do each activity 10 times:

1.  Jump Rope (pretending you have a jump rope in your hand).

2.  Elbow to knee (opposite elbow to opposite knee).

3.  Mummy kicks (arms out straight crossing over each time, legs kick out straight).

4.  Side lunges – touch your feet (5 times each side).

5.  Star Jacks (squat, jump up high and spread arms and legs out wide like a star).

6.  Squat (hold squat while punching arms out in front).

7.  Tire Jumps (jump like you are going through tires).

8.  Repeat.  

Download additional free resources from BOKS to help your kids stay active and have fun this summer. From activities, crafts, and recipes, to yoga and mindfulness, BOKS will have your kids moving & learning each day.

This week's field trip is an online exploration of Yellowstone National Park, a large expanse of wilderness that sits atop a volcanic hot spot. The park is host to many natural wonders, like canyons, rivers, forests, hot springs and gushing geysers - including the world-famous Old Faithful. Yellowstone is also home to hundreds of animal species, like bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope. 

Today, you can take a virtual tour of the park with your families by CLICKING HERE. Enjoy views of the Upper Falls, Dragon's Mouth Spring, Lookout Point, and so much more! 

Learn to code with Scratch, an online tool that teaches you how to "program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community."

Scratch is tailored for kids ages 8-16, but can be used by people of all ages. The site and its resources are also available in multiple languages. This is an excellent way to help "young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century." Start your adventure in programming by CLICKING HERE

What brings you comfort when you most need it? Is it your favorite pair of slippers or listening to music?

Creating a comfort list with all of your favorite and coziest activities is a great exercise to do as a family. When you or your children are stressed or anxious, it can be difficult to find ways to move through those feelings together. With a comfort list, you always have something you can turn to for soothing ideas.

Here are some of our favorites: 

1. Turn on your favorite song that makes you dance.

2. Grab a book and read while sitting in your favorite spot.

3. Color or create your own art.

4. Talk with someone you love and trust.

5. Say something kind to yourself.


Thank you for joining us for another week of LearnIN. If you missed a newsletter from our seven-week series, we've got you covered. All of our past emails will be archived HERE. See you on August 3rd! 

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