When school closes for the summer, many children run the risk of losing academic skills and knowledge they developed throughout the year. In fact, it is estimated that children lose approximately two months of learning during this time. Political and education leaders are stepping in to create awareness for summer learning loss. First Lady Michelle Obama impresses upon young people to not waste their summer. “If you’ve got big dreams and I know you all do,” Obama told students, “if you want to go to college, want to get a good job, want to make the most of your potential—then summer can’t just be a vacation. This is really a time to try and get ahead.”
Summer learning loss is real, but preventable. To support parents’ and educators’ quest to eliminate the summer slide, Carson-Dellosa Publishing—the leading provider of supplemental educational products including the award-winning, teacher-recommended Summer Bridge Activities® and Summer Bridge™ Explorations—has 10 fun ways to easily and effectively bridge the summer learning gap and help parents prepare their kids for the school year ahead.
10 Ways to Keep Kids Learning This Summer
- Take advantage of the free resources available at your local public library. Encourage a love for reading and learning by allowing kids to browse for titles that interest them.
- Creatively introduce education into your daily errands by making tasks such as going to the bank and the grocery store simple math lessons. This can also help teach your kids about responsibility, obligation, and commitment.
- Turn summer learning into a fun-filled outdoor experience! Carson-Dellosa’s Summer Bridge Explorations series builds essential cross-curricular skills with project-based outdoor learning. Each title is divided into three specific themes, and each theme provides engaging projects that connect real-world learning to summer fun.
- Beat the summer heat and learn something new at your local museum. You won’t have to travel far to learn about science, art, music, and more. Many towns also have free summer programs through their community centers.
- Reinforce communication and math skills by simply preparing family meals together. In addition to learning how to cook, kids will also learn how to measure ingredients and convert weights, volumes, and numbers for recipes.
- Travel the world from the comfort of your living room (using the internet or an atlas). It’s a great way to learn about geography, as well as develop a natural curiosity about different destinations to visit, cultures to experience, and foods to eat.
- Let your child’s imagination run wild with a trip to the zoo! Kids of all ages love learning about animals—use this opportunity to incorporate fun lessons about habitats and geography.
- Utilize Carson-Dellosa’s Free Summer Learning Activities online resource, which provides fun and free educational games, sample books, printable worksheets, and activities to use all summer long.
- Promote family fitness by exercising together and connecting with your child. This is also a great opportunity to discuss nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
- Make summer learning fun and fast with the best-selling Summer Bridge Activities workbook. Each grade-specific book is designed to help kids review the essential skills of their current grade level and prepare them for the next grade level, in just 15 minutes a day.