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Preventing Summer Learning Loss – 5 Activities to Keep Students Engaged

Posted by Nina Caliri on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 13:06 PM

Right now, many students are looking forward to trading in books and homework assignments for lazy summer mornings.

At the same time, educators may worry the lack of student engagement will cause their students to lose the academic skills they just spent months learning.

Summer learning loss is a real problem. Research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities put our nation’s youth at risk for falling behind in core subjects like math and reading.

Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. 

Below are 5 activities that can help students prevent summer learning loss:
1. Have Students Keep a Journal
Have students create a daily journal recording their summer experiences. This will help keep reading and writing skills sharp. Plus, they will have great stories to discuss with other students when school starts again.
2. Encourage Students to Volunteer
Encourage older students to stay active in the community by volunteering for a local organization. Volunteering provides valuable experience by helping students develop important job skills and make their own professional connections within the community.
3. Learn Online
There is a wide range of online learning resources for students of all ages…and most of them are free! Edutopia compiled a list of summer learning resources. Check it out here.

4. Plan Family Outings
On good-weather days, take daytrips to parks, zoos or gardens. On rainy days, you could visit libraries or museums. After each outing, discuss what you liked the most about the trip and share a fun new fact you learned.
5. Participate in National Summer Learning Day!
Celebrated on Friday, June 19th, Summer Learning Day is an annual national advocacy day led by the National Summer Learning Association to elevate the important of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.
What do you plan on doing this summer? Comment on this blog and let us know!

Topics: school announcement, power announcement, powerschool, education, school programs, student engagement, summer learning loss

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