Know before you go!
Before school lets out, ask the teacher what your child needs more support with and what you can do at home to prepare for the next grade. Ask about how you can help find the right books for your child during the summer.
Promote real-world skills
Encourage life skills that help your child in and out of school. Whether it’s on the playground or at home, show your child how to problem-solve, learn from mistakes, and how to communicate effectively with others, especially in tough situations.
Find the fun (and free) in your community
Check out recreation or library programs that have academic support and activities. Visit a zoo or museum to explore new interests. Plan a day trip—find a nearby park or historical place you’ve never been to and talk about what you want to learn during your visit.
Make a plan
Look at your child’s grades, pay attention to how easy or hard it is for them to do grade-level activities, and look out for the state test results you’ll receive this summer or early fall. By having the big picture, you can best partner with your child’s new teacher.
Let them show what they know!
Summer is about having fun and exploring your child’s interests. As your child reads, plays an educational app, or during everyday moments at home, ask them to teach what they’ve learned and what they enjoyed or didn’t. This will help them review important skills and help build their confidence!
Why is Summer Learning Important?
It sets your child up for success in the new school year! You can help your child make learning strides during the summer months.
Know the Facts
Every summer, children can lose two to three months of progress in reading and math skills. This is what’s known as the ‘summer slide’—when kids fall behind in school over the summer break. These reading and math losses add up.
By 5th grade, what can the summer learning loss add up to?Learn More »
- For more information, visit summerlearning.org
- Share your summer learning tips with other parents and get ideas too, using #bealearninghero.
- Join the National Summer Learning Day celebration on July 12th with the hashtag #KeepKidsLearning.
#bealearninghero in Action!
By taking actions – big and small – every day to support your child’s learning, you can be a learning hero. Check out tips from other parents and share your advice, stories, and questions using #bealearninghero.