Sweet Summer Learning: Avoid summer slips and slides with lively learning experiences

By: Leigh Ann Pernell


Summer break is sweet, but it can be a time of learning loss for many students. No need to fret, because there are numerous ways to put the summer slide on hold and have a lot of fun in the process. Here are few inexpensive ways to keep learning alive over the break:

Thank local heroes. Write thank-you notes, make posters, or bake some treats to take to local firefighters or police officers.

  • Start a reading and writing club with friends. Choose a book or a writing topic and gather weekly to share or create a blog for group responses.
  • Visit local tourist spots. Check out your neighborhood Chamber of Commerce to see the treasures that are in your own backyard.
  • Go to the zoo, local farms, or children’s science centers in your area.
  • Visit a wildlife refuge near you.
  • Hold a kids’ yard sale. Get together with friends and pool your resources. This is a great way to get rid of your trash and gain new treasures. It is also a great exercise in commerce.
  • Explore arts and crafts and visit local artisans. The Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for these too.
  • Be a “mathlete” and solve a problem a day. Encourage friends to get in on the act and have a mathlete competition.
  • Correspond with a pen pal. There are several free sites online that can help you get started.
  • Visit your local library. Get new books and see what activities are available.
  • Read, write, problem solve, cook, paint, sculpt, explore nature, and purposefully look for meaningful learning opportunities that are a part of everyday life. 

Want More Resources? We Can Help!

At Carson-Dellosa, we offer a variety of materials that will help to keep learning alive during the summer months. Here are a few great choices:


  • Summer Bridge Resources- Keep minds sharp throughout the summer months with fun projects that will help kids prepare for the school year ahead. Cross-curricular activities will help summer enthusiasts stay actively engaged and learning all summer long!
  • STEM Challenges - Young learners will be inspired by these challenges that offer diverse hands-on learning opportunities. These fun activities stimulate creativity, reasoning, and problem-solving while developing interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Math 4 Today- These resources provide daily practice that will enhance essential skills. In just 10 minutes a day, young mathematicians can tackle quality activities that will keep their problem solving skills sharp.


Brains Firing and Actively Engaged

By keeping kids engaged in fun learning activities, you can keep their dendrites firing! Ward off the summer slide and avoid the “I’m bored” syndrome by actively exploring the world around you. Learning is an exciting lifelong process that should never take a summer off.