The National Summer Learning Association Urges Parents to Participate in Summer Learning Day June 21
Research shows that all children experience learning loss when they don’t have educational activities during the summer. High-quality summer programs help keep kids engaged in learning. This summer, communities around the country will hold events to raise awareness of the importance of high-quality summer learning opportunities in the lives of youth and their families. The highlight is Summer Learning Day on June 21, an annual national event organized by the National Summer Learning Association to focus attention on how summer learning programs help close the achievement gap and promote healthy development.
To help prevent learning loss over the summer, The National Summer Learning Association encourages parents to:
- Set goals and issue a challenge
- Understand your child’s interests
- Communicate with teachers and caregivers
- Create intentional learning experiences
- Engage kids with creative, low-cost activities
- Sustain routine and structure
- Set limits and communicate expectations
Here are some helpful tips from The National Summer Learning Association:
Locate a summer program that fits your budget. Programs offered by schools, recreation centers, universities, and community-based organizations often have an educational or enrichment focus.
Head to the library. It’s a great, free resource. Check out books that interest your child. Participate in free library summer programs and make time to read every day.
- Focus on communication. Encourage your child to discuss or write about the books she is reading or to keep a journal of favorite events and activities during the summer.
- Take advantage of local amenities. Take free or low-cost educational trips to parks, museums, zoos and nature centers.
- Explore and learn. If you are taking a day trip by car, choose a place with an educational theme. Camping is a low-cost way to get outside and learn about nature.
- Give math meaning. Measure items around the house or yard. Track daily temperatures. Add and subtract at the grocery store. Learn fractions while cooking.
- Play outside. Power down the TV and electronic games and, instead, seek out or organize physical activities that contribute to healthy development.
- Do a community service project. Teach your child how to volunteer in your community. Cleaning up a local park or collecting supplies for an animal shelter builds compassion for others and community pride.
- Keep a schedule. Continue daily routines during the summer with structure and limits. The key is providing a balance and keeping kids engaged.
- Prepare for fall. Find out what your child will be learning during the next school year by talking with teachers at that grade level. Many schools prepare summer packets of activities highlighting math and reading skills for the next grade level. Preview concepts and materials over the summer.
Please be sure to visit www.summerlearning.org to learn how you can help promote Summer Learning Day in your community.