Summer Learning Activities for Kids (Giveaway)

by Jill Berry

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?

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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”!

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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

Enter to win your own gift pack of summer activities from Carson-Dellosa

Summer Learning Activities Giveaway

Carson-Dellosa Publishing has very kindly offering a gift pack designed to help parents encourage learning throughout the summer, and make the back-to-school transition easier. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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I was sent a summer gift pack to facilitate my review. I was also compensated for this post. The views expressed in the post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

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.



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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.

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1 Amber Smith June 20, 2012 at 5:43 am

I’m going to set aside time each day to work with my daughter on reviewing material and also incorporate learning activities throughout the summer.

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2 lana June 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

Taking them to the library, playing school with them and have set a side a hour each day for reading

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3 LaTanya June 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

going to the library, reading to him, and doing crafts.

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4 tracey June 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

We love the bridge books for supplements in our homeschooling! Is this offer for any age bracket because I’d need the second or third grade level…

In the summer, I keep it pretty low-key actually. Formal book work is WAY less and I offer it as a way to earn rewards. So far, they’re just doing fun stuff which is fine by me. They’ll come back to the books in a few weeks; of this I am sure!
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5 Chuck June 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Keeping them interested in books all summer long can help them.

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6 Mary Happymommy June 20, 2012 at 10:42 am

We will do a lot of reading and trips to the library.

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7 kathleen June 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

we are practicing our numbers and tracing skills by doing dot to dot activity sheets. we of course read a lot of books too

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8 JoannaTopazT June 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm

summer reading programs, writing — thank-you notes and vacation postcards — , writing, measuring and math with fun science experiments

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9 Jennifer Marie June 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm

reading and going to the library.

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10 BusyWorkingMama June 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm

We use sight words.

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11 Michelle B June 21, 2012 at 3:19 am

Reading,writing, math board games and work books.

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12 Jenny June 21, 2012 at 7:15 am

We read every day and also work on math. We also turn every day experiences into learning experiences. :)

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13 Kathy Stevenson June 21, 2012 at 8:35 am

We read a lot of books and do workbooks to practice math.

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14 Beth June 21, 2012 at 8:44 am

We are planning to read, read, read this summer! :)
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15 Jamie June 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

We visit the library and used bookstore at least once every week!

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16 abby June 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

This summer we will continue to have reading time and math. She loves to read and play school so it’s not like it’s a chore. It’s fun!!!

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17 Idaho Jill June 21, 2012 at 9:48 am

she is going to summer school (pre-K) and we read every night!
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18 Staci A June 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

We’ll be reading a lot and applying math skills to every day situations.
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19 Angela E. June 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

We do go over flash cards every now & then.

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20 Angela E. June 21, 2012 at 11:04 am

I subscribe by email.

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21 LaVonne
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June 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

We have been using the Kumon workbooks.
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22 Vickie Couturier June 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm

we read everyday a book

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23 Patricia Crowley June 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

We plan on going to the library once a week!

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24 Serendipity is Sweet
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June 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

We homeschool year ’round so we’ll keep up our studies, but we do relax a little in summer and spend less time schooling and more time playing outdoors. We make regular trips to the library and take lots of field trips to museums and historic sites. We also work on unit studies that interest the kids to keep the learning child-centered and fun.
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25 Kelly D June 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I will read with my children and encourage them to write stories.

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26 Kimberly Bauer June 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

My daughter has to practice math in workbooks.

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27 Mike-Shannon Alexander June 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

We like to add learning to our daily activities. Counting, adding items in grocery cart. Weekly trips to library. Trips to places like cabelas that have huge displays of animals to learn about

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28 Garrett June 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm

We do counting games with the kids.

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29 Barb: 1SentenceDiary June 22, 2012 at 10:37 pm

My kids (ages 12 and 16) are required to read every day in the summer.

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30 andie June 23, 2012 at 1:40 am

we read a book in the morning to start off with. the rest of the morning’s activities are based on the book.
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31 Steph June 23, 2012 at 9:13 am

We are doing workbooks and practice tests daily.

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32 DAMIAN JARREAU June 23, 2012 at 10:28 pm

They are enrolled in the reading program at the local library

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33 LT June 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

We are using some homeschool links to teach writing and reading skills this summer!

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34 Lori D. June 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

We have many in home learning tools for the children.

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35 Lori D. June 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I subscribe via email.

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36 Mia Dentice Carey
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June 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

readn books, field trips, science experiments, playing educational games

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37 angie June 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

we plan lots of excitement in reading, drawing, and getting out in nature to learn
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38 Mozi Esmes Mom June 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

We’ve got a workbook we’re going through (physical, mental, and character challenges). If she meets all her challenges for the week, my daughter gets a pre-agreed-upon reward, like a tea party or trip to our Wildlife Safari.
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39 Tabathia B June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

by enrolling her in summer reading camps and taking educational trips

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40 Melody June 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

We are reading, learning letters, and working on math.
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41 Don June 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Reading program at the library.

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42 Cristen C. June 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

We read lots of books and sing lots of songs.

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43 Daiva June 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

We’ll go to the library, read books and I’ll try to come up with activity books and fun activities to do to keep them learning

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44 Lizzy June 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

I am reading to them and having my older one read to my younger one.

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45 Denise C June 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

We’ll go to the library and participate in the great programs they offer

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46 Miriam June 26, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Every morning before the day camp starts comes we practice reading and make weekly trips to the library. I learned the hard way with my oldest… Reading must be practiced over the summer!

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47 Alison S. June 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Since my oldest is only 3, our learning activities are pretty simple. We make lots of trips to the library and try to make all of our activities about exploring.

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48 Van June 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

We read many stories at home together.

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49 June June 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Our local library is our best friend during the summer months.

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50 June June 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

I subscribe by email.

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51 Teresa Moore July 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I am encouraging my daughter to read daily and work on a few math worksheets as well as write in a journal.

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52 Kelly July 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm

We read lots of books and play learning games.
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53 HappyMomC July 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm

visiting library, playing memory games!

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54 marsha July 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! I’m glad to get some help on how to peal off the couch and still not melt outside in these triple digit temperatures! I must admit that my family has become quite addicted to the TV this summer. The record button on the remote to our DVR has been worn down to a nub and it’s only the beginning of July! Luckily, we have the Hopper DVR, so we still have plenty of memory on it to record and watch our favorite shows without being a slave to the TV’s schedule; that certainly leaves us time to get out in the world! First on your list to try is the Badger Mountain Splash Park. We’ve already planned to get together as a family along with a few of my coworkers at Dish and their children for a picnic there. It should be a real fun time!

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