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Summer Enrichment

Summer Academic Enrichment Activities

Free Academic Enrichment Courses

College Classes

Free online courses with no application required. Most courses are self-paced and can be started anytime. Audience: Middle and High School

Howard County Library Online Classes

Classes accessible for free through the library. Audience: All

(Note: Some classes require the entry of library card by logging in to the Howard County Library System website with your library card and PIN. While branches are closed, students and/or parents/guardians without a current HCLS library card may request one online.) – Classes in Language, Computer Skills, Art, Music, Test Prep classes and more!

Cooking Classes Audience

Middle and High School, Elementary with Adult Support

HCPSS Digital Tools

All students have access to their school’s digital MackinVIA eBook and audiobook collection all summer long by logging in through hcpss.me.

Elementary students will continue to have access to Dreambox and Lexia Core5 throughout the summer. Students are not required to work with either learning platform and their progress will not be monitored by teachers. If you choose to have your child work with these tools over the summer, we encourage you to limit use to the recommended amount of 15-20 minutes per day.

Reading with Lexia Core5

Lexia Core5 is an adaptive, engaging computer-based learning program. The activities in Lexia Core5 support and build on reading standards and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Math with Dreambox

DreamBox Learning is a highly adaptive, individualized learning program that combines an engaging math learning environment with a rigorous, standards-based curriculum. It meets the educational needs of each individual learner, adjusting and re-adjusting in the moment to ensure students have the right level of support and rigor through lessons that promote active learning and independent critical thinking.

Academic Enrichment Camps:

  • Camp PBS KIDS for Parents – Summer activity guides.
    Audience: PreK–5

  • Camp Wonderopolis – Free online summer learning with STEM and literacy building activities.
    Audience: All

  • Wide Open School – Online activities, DIY projects, art, science, fitness and more (Note: If you select We’re a family and then select a grade band, Virtual Summer Camp is an option and updates weekly)
    Audience: PreK-Grade 12

Free Academic and Personal Enrichment Activities:

Art and Music

Birth to 5

Literacy

  • Great Minds on the Go – Video instruction in literacy.
    Audience: All

  • Book Share – Online books for students with a print disability that severely inhibits or prevents reading traditional print materials.
    Audience: All

  • Reading Bear – Beginning reading skills.
    Audience: PreK-1

  • Read Theory – Short reading comprehension activities.
    Audience: Upper Elementary – Middle

  • Open Library – Free online books.
    Audience: All

  • Reading Rockets Start with a Book – Themed books and activities for summer reading and learning.
    Audience: PreK-5

  • @HEREWEEREAD – Free Bookish Printables, Crafts and Coloring Sheets with Diverse Characters
    Audience: PreK-Elementary

Mathematics

  • HCPSS Family Math Support Center – Refresh or build deeper understanding of math concepts, skills, and practices; provides additional support and practice opportunities for students.
    Audience: K-12

  • FreckleMath – Practice activities for mathematics topics.
    Audience: K-9

  • Khanacademy.org – Videos of math concepts explained with self-checking practice opportunities.
    Audience: K-12

Mindfulness and Self-Care

Physical Education & Health

  • YMCA 360 Online Exercise Videos – Free online exercise activities for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced sponsored by the YMCA.
    Audience: All

  • Columbia Association Free Fitness Videos – Free fitness videos are available here to get or stay in shape sponsored by the Columbia Association.
    Audience: Middle and High School, Elementary with guidance

  • AllTrails.com – Type in a location and find hiking trails.
    Audience: All

  • #AtHomeWithHoCoRec – Free online activities offered by Howard County Parks and Recreation.
    Audience: All

  • Kids Health – Learning resources about the body and exercise.
    Audience: Elementary and Middle School

  • Family Go Noodle – Follow along videos that promote movement.
    Audience: PreK-5

Science and Nature

  • San Diego Zoo – Learn about the animal exhibits and watch live web cams.
    Audience: All

  • Glazer Children’s Museum – Online activities and learning resources for art, math, science, physical activity and more.
    Audience: Elementary

  • Bozeman Science – Videos that explain various science concepts.
    Audience: Middle and High School

  • American Museum of Natural History – Science activities, games and resources.
    Audience: Elementary and Middle School

  • Space Place – Games and activities for learning about space science.
    Audience: Elementary and Middle School

  • Public Broadcasting Systems Nova Labs – Videos and games about NOVA exploration and discovery projects.
    Audience: Secondary

Social Studies

  • Google Arts and Culture – A collection of images and virtual field trips of art, history, geography, culture and science.
    Audience: Secondary

  • Smarthistory – Resources and self-paced “courses” that explore art and history.
    Audience: High School

  • British Museum of the World – Online virtual field trip of British Museum exhibits.
    Audience: Secondary, Elementary with guidance

Virtual Field Trips

  • Aquarium: National Aquarium in Baltimore – Virtually walk around the museum and catch the sights.
    Audience: All

  • Google Earth Explore – Visit places around the world and learn about how people live in various environments.

Volunteer and Activism Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Youth and Families

Audience: Secondary and Families

Additional Volunteer Opportunities: Many Howard County nonprofit welcome student volunteers. To ensure the volunteers are a good match for the organizations, it is best that the students research and then select nonprofits with a mission that they support. Below are two directories for many local nonprofits:

Activism and Taking Action

Audience: Secondary and Families

  • Elevate Maryland Podcast to hear HoCoCast team member Olivia participate in a panel discussion with other youth activists from HoCo for Justice.

  • NAACP Youth Council develops young civil rights and community leaders by engaging youth in leadership roles and positive community activism in Howard County, Maryland.

Family and Community Resources

These resources have been created to provide parents with support in elementary content areas. From the links below, select the yellow Course Navigation bar in the upper righthand corner to select a content area.

Supporting Students at Home

HCPSS is offering tips and suggestions to support families with home-based learning environments over the Summer.

Supporting Instruction at Home 

Learning Enrichment Resources 

Community Resources