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This is great information! I agree that this is something that could easily be printed out and given to parents at the end of the school year. The tricky part is getting the parents on board! I know there will be some that will be all for it while others (usually the parents of students who are struggling already) who will sadly choose to ignore the letter.

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These suggestions I find very positive to help our students during the summer,, especially those who has external exams next year . I have recommended to our school administrators that we email the article to all our parents and students. Then to keep the interventions active we would send progression tips every two weeks. For example practice questions and answer for the students to work with.

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Thank you for this information! My district is currently building a new school campus so our students will have a 3 1/2 month summer vacation! The students and staff were extremely excited about this, however we are all a bit worried about what the students will lose over the long break. Your suggestions will be fabulous to share with parents as I plan to send a packet of information and work to each family from my classroom to practice over break. Thanks for your suggestions!

Third grade teacher in Atlanta, Georgia

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Thank you for this blog. I get asked at the end of each year, "what can I do this summer to prepare my child for the next school year?", and this blog has given me some ideas to share. I especially like Melanie's ideas to make the real-life connections when suggesting academic skills. I'm a big promoter of writing letters in the summer as a tool for practicing grammar. I'm glad that some suggestions were made to involve sports, as the boys are usually tougher to reel in to academics. Melanie, I completely agree that "academic skills only serve the purpose of expression and curiosity." I now have more suggestions to give parents when the concern of summer retention and academic practice is mentioned at conference time.

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Internet4classrooms realizes

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Internet4classrooms realizes the impact of Summer loss that you have mentioned above. We have a FREE summer learning program just for this purpose. You can sign up here free to get daily activities to practices skills learned throughout the past school year. http://www.internet4classrooms.com/summer_learning_2013/signup.htm/

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You hit on a great point with

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You hit on a great point with way #3. Studies show that students can lost up to 20-25% of their math retention over the summer months. We feel that digital learning resources can help prevent that summer math slide.

To learn more about our free summer math content for your students and kids, check out http://info.wowzers.com/wowzers-summer-explorer-program

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Follow the curiosity

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Kids need all academic skills to truly follow their curiosity, whether it involves following a sports team (just think of all the math in baseball!), documenting sky activity (June 24 super moon), growing a garden, birdwatching, tracking video game progress, Cooking and creating new recipes--even fractions are necessary and in a recipe they taste good. They can journal their findings every day, make plans for the week, communicate with friends and family via email (Grandma would love that!) Write fiction and illustrate it! Become a film critic, writing reviews. Academic skills only serve the purpose of expression and curiosity. A long block of time is perfect for this.

Check out BoomWriter's list

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Check out BoomWriter's list of literacy activities for the summer at http://boomwriter.com/resources/downloads/summer-list.pdf and our Storytellers Camp at http://boomwriter.com/summercamps. BoomWriter celebrates and encourages collaborative writing projects year-round.

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I am excited to see someone posting ideas on how to curb summer loss of education! I am amazed at how much loss occurs over the summer due to the lack of reading, quick math skills, etc. I wish more parents would follow this and work to improve student learning!

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