Baseball season may be suspended indefinitely, but that doesn’t mean you can’t include the Washington Nationals into your new normal. Now, you can add the beloved team to your home-schooling routine, as the Nats have created fun and educational content for kids.
The educational tools, aimed at first graders through sixth graders, include the Jr. Nationals Kids Club Fan Pages, featuring Nat Libs, word scrambles, trivia, and coloring pages, STEM lessons and reading resources.
The STEM lessons are taught by Nationals Park PA announcer Jerome Hruska, who teaches a variety of STEM topics through the game of baseball, like angular momentum as a way to learn how to round the bases as fast as possible, how to measure the strike zone and how to calculate fielding percentages.
The reading resources page includes reading activities in both English and Spanish, featuring Nationals pitchers Sean Doolittle and Aníbal Sánchez. Little baseball fans can also listen to a story time with Ryan Zimmerman and his daughter, Mackenzie, reading How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace.
Another Nats educational tool is Summer Slugger. In partnership with EVERFI, Major League Baseball’s Summer Slugger program is designed for fourth and fifth graders and was developed to combat summer learning loss during vacation months. The program focuses on math and literacy skills and is free to use.
In addition to educational lessons, the Nats have also released instructional baseball videos and cooking demonstrations. To find out more, visit nationals.com/community.
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