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[Resource] 10 Ways to Keep Students Learning over the Summer

[Resource] 10 Ways to Keep Students Learning over the Summer

Originally published on EdSurge on April 22, 2019

Summer is nearly here, which means that students are eagerly awaiting long days of nice weather, relaxed schedules, and time spent with friends instead of schoolwork. And, while everyone can appreciate a good lazy day, the academic consequences of an entire summer off is not something to take lightly. In fact, ASCD reports that, on average, elementary students lose one month of learning over the summer. Even more concerning is the fact that learning loss from this “summer slide” seems to be cumulative.

Keep your students learning all summer long with these 10 tips. All links to relevant content are below the infographic. 

  1. Include parents in summer learning

Parental involvement can be the key to making sure that your students are continuing their learning when they’re not in school. Reach out to parents before the school year ends, and share ways to keep their children engaged throughout the summer.

  1. Send students off with resources

To jumpstart summer learning for your students, consider printing off resources and sending them home in a take-home packet. This is a great way to make sure that all students have access to extra practice over the summer, even if they don’t have access to a computer. We curated these great summer resources to get you started.  

  1. Pilot a new program

Summer is a perfect time to try out something new to keep students learning. We can offer you a pilot or trial of our materials for a reduced cost or even for FREE! Need more convincing? Check out this blog post that outlines the three reasons why you should pilot an online program before purchasing.

  1. Hold a contest

Create a friendly, academic competition between your students with incentives to come at the beginning of the new school year. See how one school did this with Study Island, and start brainstorming your own competition!

  1. Keep ’em reading

Studies show that one of the most effective ways to avoid summer learning loss is to read regularly. Send off students with summer reading lists and resources for their community libraries. Check out our great suggestions by genre for grades K–6 and grades 9–12.

  1. Break from tradition

Promote nontraditional learning with a list of documentaries, historical films, podcasts, and audiobooks that students can enjoy over the break.

  1. Inspire the DIY spirit

Encourage students to develop and create do-it-yourself projects on their own agenda. Help them become self-directed learners with our how-to guide for personalized learning.

  1. Map out potential summer field trips

Highlight learning institutions that students can visit on their own time—the local library, a museum, or a nature center. The options for hands-on learning are endless. For students who may have trouble with access to in-person opportunities, try creating a virtual field trip instead!

  1. Suggest volunteer opportunities

Many businesses and nonprofit organizations welcome support from young adults in their communities. Offer a community service credit, or create a summer project focused on giving back.

  1. Encourage summer or day camps

Camps are a great option for all types of learners. Many focus on specific interests and the development of important social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Best of all, they create lasting memories.

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Brita Hammer

Brita started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. She is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom. Brita earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University.