Summer learning loss is a real problem. In fact, research suggests student lose more than two months of math knowledge during the summer, and reading skill loss is 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
- Summer Learning Resources for Parents from Colorin Colorado: This reading resource roundup for parents is awesome! The page features guides, tips and reading lesson ideas in Spanish and English. Another great resource from sister site Reading Rockets is "Get Ready for Summer! Ideas for Teachers to Share with Families."
- A Beach Bag Full of Summer Learning Resources: Just like the title says, this roundup from AdLit.org is the perfect one-stop-shop for summer reading. There are links to valuable web resources, ideas for learning in all subjects, and much, much more.
- Keeping Up on Math Skills Over Break: Here's one from the National Council on Teachers of Mathematics. In addition to problems databases and paper games, there are also links to interactive online resources, like the Calculation Nation and other online games. The Funbrain Math Arcade from Pearson and Cool Math are two other great sources for entertaining math games.
- Summer Learning Guide: Common Sense Media produced this resource with some really cool activities for students of all ages. You'll find links to apps for coding, building media projects, and creating art. Also check out "Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun" from Common Sense.
- Simple Tips for Summer Math Learning from PBS Parents: These easy-to-implement ideas are perfect for summer learning. A few of my favorites: Turn chores into math learning opportunities, or find math lessons in your child’s collection (sea shells, baseball cards, etc.) PBS Parents’ reading tips guide is also extremely useful.
- 11 Everyday Math for Summertime Fun: FamilyEducation.com highlights few ways to teach math during the summer -- a lemonade stand is always a fun one -- but this post is just one of many in their trove of summer learning blogs for parents.
Quick Links to Open Education Resources
- 11 Awesome Free Math Games for iPhone and Android, from thinktanK12
- 200 Free Kids Educational Resources, from Open Culture
- Summer Learning Resources, from Thinkfinity
- Summer Travel: Education on the Road, from EDSITEment!
- Fun-in-the-Sun Activities, from Scholastic
- Summer Reading Activities, from Education.com