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Summer learning loss is a real problem. Alarmingly, research suggests students lose more than two months of math knowledge during the summer, and the losses in reading are similar.

Here we’ve compiled a few resources to keep students learning through the dog days of summer, with a particular focus on math and reading. For starters, the Edutopia blog How to Beat Summer Learning Loss from Anne O’Brien is chock full of useful information and strategies for parents and students.

Fun! Fun! Fun! Summer Learning Sites

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NCFL's picture
NCFL
National Center for Families Learning

Great list! Thank you, Anne.

We also wanted to call attention to Camp Wonderopolis. Starting June 16, Campers and learners of all ages will be able to explore six different subjects of science through 42 Wonders of the Day (How many flowers can a bee pollinate? Why don't oil and water mix? How do boomerangs come back?). Hands-on activities with around-the-house materials and daily lessons will be both fun and challenging for early and middle grade students (and parents!).

Camp Wonderopolis officially open June 16 (pre-registration is open now... Sign up today at www.Wonderopolis.org/camp).

Angela's picture
Angela
Parent of 3 high-school students in Chicago, Illinois

"lemonade stand" sounds like a great deal :D

Sarah's picture

I just received a grant to develop resources for students and their parents to prevent the summer slide. I am searching for free resources and any ideas.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program
Facilitator

Hi Sarah! Is there a Makerspace in your area? They have lots of great (usually free) resources. I know our public library has a whole bunch of interesting things going on this summer too- my own kids are going to a DIY Stomp Rocket thing tomorrow and they're wicked psyched about it.

I saw this piece from the Atlantic today and bookmarked it- it sounds like something you'd like, too. http://m.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/06/for-better-school-res...

Susan Chen's picture

It's true that summer break could result in learning loss. I have students coming back to school in September perform poorly on the pre-assessment tests for reading and math. These results are in direct contrast to their year-end report card for the previous academic year. This is a welcomed list of ideas for me to give to parents to help their children continue to learn throughout the summer months. I have had only two standard recommendations in the past. I usually tell them to check the local library for activities and to check our local community college for its kids summer program. Now I am able to broaden their choices.

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