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Learning Snacks

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Resources for Students - Each week we're packing some smart treats for hungry minds of all ages! You’ll find something for kids who are little, kids in the middle, kids who are bigger, and something to consider at Thinkalong.org – all from Connecticut Public and the public media names you trust.
Learning Snacks

  • August is National Dog Month and we could talk about our furry besties all day, but maybe you can cook up a batch of these tasty dog biscuits and chow down on some of these Learning Snacks!
  • Summer is the season of going places – on vacation, to the beach, out with friends – which means you have to get there, and getting there takes transportation. Snack on these transportation tidbits.
  • It’s raining, it’s pouring, that smell is petrichor-y. These weeks of frequent downpours have us learning more and more about rain, including the name of its smells and how rain actually works.
  • July is a hodgepodge of celebration months, exalting everything from peaches and ice cream to watercolors and picnics, but our favorite is probably Anti-Boredom Month. So, we’ve got some boredom-mitigation techniques and this recipe for homemade ice cream by Full-Time Kid.
  • What’s a robot’s favorite snack? Computer chips! That’s right folks, so glad to be here tonight on the Learning Snacks comedy stage! We’re celebrating International Joke Day and that means plenty of laughs and groans. Say, did you hear the one about the elephant with two trunks? He was carrying his luggage! Well, you’ve been a fantastic audience, before you go, make sure you check out the comedy-related resources below. Tweet us your favorite silly joke on Twitter @thinkalong123 or on our Facebook page!
  • June 27th is Helen Keller’s birthday – a day to celebrate the resilience and influence of an incredible woman. These Learning Snacks explore the techniques her teachers used to help her learn and her less-known work as an author and activist.

  • Pride Month is a celebration of the lives of LGBTQIA* people, but also an opportunity to learn about their struggles, empathize with their experiences, and help build a better world that includes, elevates, and protects LGBTQIA communities. The rainbow is a symbol long used to represent the Pride movement. And speaking of rainbows, they’re also good for your health – make these Crunchy Rainbow Wraps and then dive into some Learning Snacks!
  • Join us on a digital expedition into the inner workings of the presidency, including presidential powers and responsibilities. We recommend enjoying with a big ol’ bowl of President Obama’s Chili.
  • Summer evenings are the perfect opportunity to look up and explore the night sky. Even on cloudy days, the constellations, planets, and the universe above always seem to catch our attention. Space sciences are a great way to inspire curious kids of all ages to keep learning throughout the summer. So grab your astronaut ice cream and freeze-dried meals, because we’re taking these Learning Snacks on a trip to the stars!
  • Memorial Day serves to honor those who have given their lives in service to the United States, ensuring they are remembered and appreciated. It’s also the informal entrance of summer in America, with warm weather and long days. The combination is electric, so we hope you get your BBQ on while you peruse these snacks.

    Educators and home schoolers: We have a just a few FREE Thinkalong Crit Kit backpacks available — with headphones, stickers, white board markers and more. Kits will be sent to those who complete this quick survey — while supplies last.
  • Not everyone bakes a cake for the occasion, but May is Home School Awareness Month, and we are here for the celebration! According to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, and in large part due to COVID-19, the number of home school families doubled during the 2020-21 school year. So, to those veterans of home school and to the “newbs,” we tip our hats.

    If you’re a home school leader and would like a free Thinkalong Crit Kit to bring media literacy to your at-home classroom – complete with a backpack, headphones, stickers, white board markers, and more – take this brief survey. We’ll get it out to you just in time for those long summer days! (While supplies last.)
  • May is for paying tribute to those with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage, recognizing their ongoing contributions and acknowledging their struggles in America. Want something delicious to eat while you dive in? Dan dan noodles are a simple dish – noodles and sauce – from the Sichuan region of China sure to satisfy your hunger!
  • Nurses are vitally important to people’s health and well-being, and National Nurses Week starts March 6. Let’s celebrate their knowledge and resilience. On the front lines of caring long before this global pandemic, nurses deserve all the recognition – so, cheers to nurses!
  • We are wrapping up National Poetry Month with some verses full of rhymes, word play, and turns of phrase to delight and explain.
  • The fourth Thursday in April is normally reserved for “Take Your Child to Work Day,” but for many people, that has happened every day since lockdown started last year. As an homage, we bring you career exploration resources for kids little too big!
  • Earth Day comes around every year, about the same time the tulips are on full display. Explore these snacks to enhance your earthly knowledge!