Yesterday marked the beginning of summer for us. It was My 7 year old daughter’s last day of school and she is not happy about it. She asked me “Why can’t the teachers just take the weekend off and start the next school year on Monday?”
I have a huge responsibility here, I need to keep her learning and engaged during the summer. I have listed a few things in my Summer Educational Series that she will be taking part in. Celebrating National Summer Learning Day on June 20th that goes right in line with my mission.
Summer Learning Day is a day to spread awareness about the importance of combating summer learning loss and the need to offer learning opportunities for all students to keep brains engaged in the summer months. Summer learning is for all children, not just those who need to catch up in school. It helps to encourage children to be:
- Creative and innovative.
- A chance to use the great outdoors as a classroom.
- A way to make sure your child is eating healthy and staying active during the summer.
- A way for older youth to discover a career through job experiences.
- A step up to the next grade or school level.
- A tool for helping children and schools perform at their highest level.
This year, hundreds of events, big and small, are slated to celebrate summer learning across the nation. Find Summer Learning Day events close to you, Summer Learning is about bringing together fun activities and learning to provide a safe space for the children of working families.
As a parent, you can help by turning everyday errands and outings into a learning experience. Download and print out some of the resources below to learn how.
- Summer Learning Tips for Parents
- This sheet offers some overall tips on finding a summer program for your child and other low-cost activities that you can do with your child during the summer months.
- Ideas for Activities at Home
- This sheet offers fun and easy-to-use ideas on how to turn everyday errands and local outings into learning for your child.
- Ideas for Older Youth
- Getting your tween or teen to learn during the summer can be a challenge. This sheet gives you ideas on how you can make it so fun and interactive they won’t even realize they are learning!
- Ideas for an Active and Healthy Summer
- This sheet gives ideas on how to keep your child physically active and fit, while eating healthy during the summer months.
- Getting Teens College and Career Ready During the Summer
- This sheet offers ideas families can use to work with teens during the summer to give them a start on what comes after high school and beyond.
- Summer Reading
- This resource will give you tips on how to keep your child reading all summer long.