Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry

Ways to Promote Summer Learning

May 26, 2017
AZ Early Childhood Network

Summer is quickly approaching, which means less time in a structured environment and more time out in the sun. Even though school is out, it doesn’t mean students should stop learning.

According to Reading is Fundamental, this is a time when students can lose 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical skills. Low-income students are especially at risk, with the potential to lose 2 months from their reading achievements during the summer.

This can lead to problems when they return to the classroom and have to play catch-up; which is why it’s important to encourage and educate parents on ways they can support their children’s education throughout the summer. Here a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Encourage parents to do outdoor activities with their kids like exploring nature or using chalk to help promote their creative side.
  • Give your students activity calendars and books to take home and learn from while they’re on break. This will help keep them up to speed with their academics.
  • Create a list of places parents can take their children to for educational experiences during the summer. Local libraries and bookstores usually have summer reading programs where kids can brush up on their reading skills. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for kids to practice their independence and grow their love of reading by choosing their own books!
  • For more hands-on learning and physical development, there are other places in the community you can recommend such as recreation centers, day camps, science centers and museums.
  • Social media can be a great tool when it comes to staying in touch with families. Try posting about different ideas or activities throughout the summer that parents can do with their children.

Overall, it’s also important to recommend that parents set aside at least an hour every day for learning!

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