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What is the View, Do, Read Model? To get the most from the TV you and your children watch, create a Ready To Learn learning triangle. A learning triangle is TV that teaches + storybooks + activities — all related to one theme or skill. The learning triangle can follow any order, at any time!

July 2014 — Summer science with Sid

By Krysanne Bryan, Educational Programs and Services Intern
July is well known for being the month to house America's birthday. Independence Day signifies so much for our history. However, not many know about many other events that happened in this month. For example, do you know that July was named after Julius Caesar? Do you know that this month is significant in many wars, and for many presidents and political events? The month of July is a perfect month to explore history, a subject that many children never fully embrace, because an important part of America's History was made during this month.


When it comes to summer and education, the two can be hard to mix. Lucky for us WHYY has shows that teach children core subjects and make them fun. Sid the Science Kid takes a subject that many children have difficulty with and turns it into a scientific adventure fun filled with fun. Sid the Science Kid follows the adventures of young Sid, who asks basic scientific questions and tries to find the answers with the help of his family, friends and teacher. The show's content covers many different topics and makes the scientific content relatable and child friendly. By watching Sid the Science Kid, children are able to learn about concepts related to backyard science, tools and measurements and everything in between. Your child can embrace all the fun of Science by watching Sid the Science Kid weekdays at 6:00am on WHYY.


The City of Philadelphia is overflowing with culture and tradition. There are a variety of Museums that have the ability to cater to the needs of any audience. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly museum like the Franklin Institute, or to learn about different cultures and groups by visiting a museum like the American Swedish Historical Museum, Philadelphia is the ideal place to explore these different avenues and enrich the minds of all ages. In the month of July, the month that celebrates the history of our nation, it is important that children connect with their environment and learn in ways that make history come alive. Below is a list of museums that are rich with history. Visiting these museums is an excellent way to teach children history while making it fun and enjoyable.

  • Philadelphia History Museum
  • National Constitution Center
  • National Liberty Museum
  • Liberty Bell Center
  • Independence Hall
  • The Franklin Institute
  • American Swedish Historical Museum
  • African American History Museum
  • Museum of American Jewish History
  • and more...


  • What is Science by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
    This book quenches curiosity by asking the important scientific questions – who, what, when, where, why and how. Through colorful illustrations and easy to understand language, this book acts as a fun introduction to many things science.

  • The Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature by Stan Berenstain
    The Berenstain Bears and their friend Professor Actual Factual embark on an adventure to learn about the natural world.

  • A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
    Author Bill Bryson combines science and history by giving us a quick history of the universe.

  • The Story of America's Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry
    This book gives children the meaning behind July 4. Through its vibrant illustrations and easy to understand explanations about the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence, children are able to easily grasp the significance of this day.

  • Who Was Julius Caesar? by Nico Medina
    This book provides the history of Julius Caesar. It discusses his life in a way that is easy for elementary and middle school age children to understand.

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