Summer Learning Tips

Make the most of summer by preventing summer learning loss

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DURING SUMMER

Make reading a regular routine:

  • Have your child read everyday—either independently or with you or another caregiver, such as an older sibling. Also, continue reading aloud to your child, even after they begin reading independently. Reading to your child helps them build listening comprehension skills and can expose your child to new and richer vocabulary.

  • Ask your child questions about the plot or storyline of the book they’re reading, to summarize what’s happened to that point and to predict what they think will happen next. These steps promote reading comprehension and make the reading experience more meaningful. Prompt your child to tell you if they come across a word or phrase they don’t understand.

Promote math learning:

  • Play games together. Board games and card games are fun ways to help children strengthen and retain math skills. Games also help your child develop cooperative play skills and problem-solving skills. Many games are suitable for players of all ages, so you can include the whole family.

  • Cook together. Involving your child in meal preparation is a great way to promote math learning as you measure out ingredients, set baking temperatures, and calculate cooking times.

Turn your child care drop-off and pickup into learning opportunities

  • Play “I Spy” with shapes, numbers, letters, words, and other objects on the drive or walk to your child care provider. Find patterns in the designs of buildings and fences you pass by.

  • Talk about your child’s favorite part of the book they read the night before. It’s just one way to turn everyday activities into fun brainbuilding exercises.

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Stay active and have fun

  • Take advantage of the longer days to play an extra game of tag or to go for a long walk together. Children get less exercise when school is not in session, which may lead to unhealthy weight gain. There are many fun ways to help your child stay physically active all summer long!

  • Seek out educational and interactive games and apps. Letting your child have some screen time can be beneficial, but try to balance your child’s passive viewing screen time (e.g., watching TV, movies, or online videos) with more interactive games and apps that are fun as well as educational.

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END OF SUMMER

Throughout the summer, find ways to celebrate your child’s successes (e.g., finishing a book, learning to ride a bicycle, or swimming in the deep end of the pool) and share their accomplishments with your child care provider. As a parent or caregiver, you can help make these months a summer to remember and ensure your child will start the new school year ready for success.

Summer learning tips provided by The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE)