School Year Wrap-Up and Summer Program Offerings from the MLC Program Director

See what the Michigan Learning Channel has been up to this year and learn about our summer programming.

Wrapping up the 2023-24 School Year

It has been such a wonderful and dynamic year across Michigan, and we have loved every minute of it. We’ve been able to connect with educators, learners, families, administrators, and community organizers at small and large events, during education conferences, at professional learning workshops, in our studios during content creation, on site for virtual field trips, virtually for meetings and watch parties, and so much more. Most recently, we brought together some of the educators we’ve been able to work with this year for a community building and storytelling event in Detroit. Check out a snapshot of the day in the video below and watch some of the powerful teacher stories on YouTube.

Summer is Here!

As we wrap up this school year and look ahead to summer, we are excited to announce our fourth year of summer programming, supported by Michigan Learning Channel and PBS KIDS resources, aimed at ensuring young people continue learning and engaging with their communities all summer long!

Summer Is Fun on MLC” is a free 8-week program that encourages kids to “Learn, Do, and Explore” with literacy and math lessons, hands-on science and fitness activities, career exploration, and virtual field trips. These resources are perfect for keeping preschool through 6th-grade students engaged in learning throughout the summer months.

If you are an educator looking for a fun addition to your school, library, or organization’s summer plans, Check out our Summer for Educators page for ideas on how to incorporate our program into your summer activities.

Whether you are working with young people at a school, camp, museum, or other public space – or you are supporting your own learners at home, you can download our free activity books to keep them engaged all summer long.

We offer three books full of activities, experiments, and more, organized by age group:

– Early Learners (Preschool – Kindergarten): 80 pages
– Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd Grade): 100 pages
– Upper Elementary (4th – 6th Grade): 80 pages

Download the PDFs directly from our website or contact our partner professional print company, Standard Printing, to order bulk quantities. For bulk orders, email or call 734-483-0339, including “Michigan Learning Channel Book Order” in your subject line.

Visit our summer landing page to learn more, find additional resources, and access local events hosted by our statewide team of engagement coordinators.

Be sure to also check out our featured summer content playlists and sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay on top of all of the exciting programs and learning opportunities we will be sharing all summer long!

Keep Learning This Summer

Schedule Highlights

Daily Programming: Core Subjects for K-5 Learners

Keep learners engaged all summer long with daily shows and programs that are designed to entertain kids while supporting curriculum-aligned learning. We choose the best episodes for our summer programming to help kids review and feel ready for the next school year.

Wimee’s Words, Albie’s Elevator, Read, Write, ROAR! Preschool, and Let’s Learn every day starting at 6:00am.

Read, Write, ROAR! and Math Mights every day starting at 9:00am.

Art, Storytimes, and Health and Fitness

Infinite Art Hunt, Live From the Opera House, Untamed, StoryPiratesTV, and Math & Movement every day at 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

Science and Engineering

Hands-on challenges you can try at home every day on Curious Crew, DIY Science Time, and SciGirls every day starting at 4:00pm.

Special Summer Features for the Whole Family!

Watch UNTAMED and explore the lifesaving work of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Each episode features stories, videos, and interviews with Center staff, focusing on different species treated at the Center and exploring a variety of challenging wildlife issues from the perspective of a large wildlife hospital. Check out the learning materials on PBS LearningMedia to deepen thinking and make connections.

Welcome to Camp TV! This series features educational hands-on activities, performing arts, movement, nature and animal content, science, literacy, virtual field trips and more – everything 5 to 9 year olds love about summer camp, all led by the enthusiastic fun-loving counselors Zing, Zach, and Mia. Content partners include the San Diego Zoo, Carnegie Hall, The Met Museum, OK Go, and more!

The Nap Time Show is an interactive episodic preschool series using imaginative play to develop a healthier relationship between children and rest. With universally relatable characters and compelling storylines championing the benefits of rest, this series whisks children and caregivers away on the holistically beneficial adventure of rest. Each episode features magical music, wildlife adventures and a vintage nurturing appeal.

Make It Artsy is a brand new show dedicated to the crafter, maker and artist – celebrating the maker spirit and enthusiasm that extends to every part of life. It’s more than crafting, more than art or scrapbooking, showcasing everything from mixed media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines, and materials from paper to wood. Join host Julie Fei Fan Balzer and unleash a new look for crafting with a touch of industrial style.