A friend with an older child once told me about the importance of kids continuing to learn over the summer. As a mom to a toddler and a preschooler, I was quite perplexed; wasn’t summer a time for fun? Didn’t kids go to school for months? Could kids get burned out if they did schoolwork over the summer?
As my oldest child entered her last year of preschool, I started to understand that what my friend was saying was true. My daughter essentially taught herself to read at a very early age. Once reading, she couldn’t get enough of books; she devoured readers, workbooks, and even tried her hand at reading the Sunday comics. I saw the joy she derived from reading whatever she could get her hands on.
In the summer before her final year of preschool I found myself scrambling for things for her to do. Summer workbooks were a lifesaver for us. While she was gung-ho about reading, I had to push her a little to do math pages in her workbook. But, if I gave her two reading-based pages to do and slipped in a math page here and there, she was eager to do the pages. In addition, I got the toddler her own workbook so that she could join our little “summer school”!
Did you know that kids can lose up to 2.5 months of learning throughout the summer? This can lead to a rough start to the school year for kids, parents, and teachers, but it is fully preventable with just a little learning each day. A Johns Hopkins University study showed that by ninth grade, the lack of summer learning can be blamed for roughly two-thirds of the achievement gap. This is a scary statistic isn’t it? My toddler and preschooler are now in middle and high school. The summer learning has continued each summer since that first summer.
You will definitely want to check out the Summer Learning Activities site from Summer Bridge Activities. On the Summer Learning Activities site from Carson-Dellosa parents can find:
- reading lists
- practice pages
- fun, but inexpensive ideas for learning
While educators and organizations can find resources on the site for:
- how to communicate with parents
- summer program materials
- how to implement a summer program
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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writes…it depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she can…dinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, traveling…you name it she wants to do it.