Summer Learning = Summer Fun!

posted Jun 21, 2017, 8:34 AM by Sandra Gassner   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 8:42 AM ]
Summer is a time to relax and recharge, but it can also afford us time to learn something new! As in years past, we have compiled some resources towards this end. Visit our summer learning web page for ways to make learning an enjoyable part of every summer day while maintaining the gains students have made over the school year. The following tips for parents, provided by MA Literacy, will also help kids stay on track during the summer months.

Put away the mobile devices and spark stimulating conversations with your young children! You can help them improve their communication and critical thinking skills using “PB DD RA,” (Preview Before, Discuss During, Reflect After). For example, before a trip to the beach, parents can prompt kids with questions such as, “What do you think we will see/smell/feel at the beach?” During the trip or activity, parents can discuss the activity at hand with the child. After the trip, parents can talk to kids about the experience, or ask children to draw a picture or write a story about the event.
  • Get outside: Playing outside can be educational; there’s a whole world to count, spell and explain! When kids are drawing with sidewalk chalk, ask them to make certain shapes or comment on the colors they are using. Count the rings in a tree stump. Help kids learn how to spell the names of vegetables or flowers that they see growing in outdoor gardens.
  • Read, Read, Read: Perhaps the best thing parents can do is have their children spend time reading — for at least 30 minutes a day. Younger children will benefit just as much from having books read to them. Remember that children gain the most from reading when a parent asks guiding questions to check their child’s comprehension. Ask them to read a page out loud and then ask them a question based on the content of that page. Often when they only focus on decoding the words, the meaning gets lost.
  • Create math art projects: A great game for young children learning about numbers is also an art project. Children can decorate a piece of paper with small objects…beans, uncooked macaroni or pom-poms. Place the objects on the paper, no glue required yet. Take turns rolling dice to determine how many of the objects each player can remove from the paper and count them out loud. At the end of the game, children can glue down their game pieces to create a masterpiece.
  • Too hot to play outside? Head to the library! Most libraries have a summer reading program. Check the website of local libraries for hours and programs. Monmouth County Library - Libraries also have plenty of DVDs, and music to check out, and they have air conditioning!
  • Resources from Teachers: Check the school website or the website posted by your child’s teacher for resources. Teachers may also send home lists of suggestions with students.
  • Play with math online: Visit Greg Tang's math website and/or check out some of his math books at the library! You can also find a variety of math games for children on Pinterest? Just go to and search for “math activities.” Other online resources for math can be found on the school website.

Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to hearing all about your adventures in September!