10.) Summer Learning & After School Programming

10.) Summer Learning & After School Programming

Because Summer Slide Isn't Playground Equipment

#SummerLearningWeek National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year. This year, each day will focus on a new theme: Literacy, STEM, Arts, College & Career Readiness, and Nutrition and Wellness.

Take the #SmarterSummers Challenge to share what inspires your family to learn during the summer!

No Kid's Hungry's Summer Meals Texting Service: text "FOOD" to 877-877 to find a FREE summer meals site in your neighborhood. Families can also find FREE summer meals information using the USDA's link -here!


Summer Learning: What the Research Says & Tips:

3 Research-proven Ways libraries Help Fight Summer Slide -here!

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) has a great article on Summer Learning: More than Just Summer Reading: the Shift to "Summer Learning." -here!

Summer Matters has an article, Six Elements of Great Summer Learning -here!

Education Matters has a great article: 5 Summer Learning Tips to Avoid the Summer Slide -here!

"Another option for avoiding the "summer slide" in reading skills is to remind parents to turn on the captions or the subtitles whenever their kids are watching TV, DVDs, or other videos. Captions help kids learn to recognize more written words and improve their reading speed. For more info on how to turn on captions and where to find captioned videos online" Captioning, also known as Same Language Subtitling (SLS), has a proven track record of improving literacy for learners of all ages - find out more on Captions For Literacy site -here!

Children's Learning Needs Do NOT Take a Vacation During Summer - Download the Summer Learning Fun: Tips for Caregivers handout -here!

Urban Libraries Council - Effective Summer Learning in Libraries - read the article -here!

Urban Libraries Council - Five Strategies for Evolving Summer Reading into Summer Learning -here!

Find the Top 10 "Easy Summer Learning Tips" for Parents -here!

The Kentucky Department of Education is promoting resources to prevent summer slide or summer learning loss. Find out more - -here!

Great Schools has an article on 10 Ways to Build Math Skills this Summer -here!

Time 4 Learning has an article on the Benefits of Online Summer School: Read it -here!

Learn 5 Easy Ways to Roll in a Little Math While You're on the Go This Summer -here

Continue to avoid The Summer Slide with exciting resources from PBS Learning Media - the collection includes: Audio (7), Video (100), Interactive (15), Lesson Plan (13), Document (10), Media Gallery (7) for Grades PreK-13+ -here!

Download the sheet on keeping Kids Active and Healthy During the Summer -here!

Download the handout on Tips to Keep Tweens and Teens Learning During the Summer -here!

Download the Summer Learning Ideas at Home and in Your Community Tip Sheet -here!

Download the Summer Learning Outreach Toolkit -here!

Download the 4 Keys to Stop Summer Slide with Summer Reading Flyer -here!

Proclaim Summer Learning Week in Your Community - download the Tip Sheet -here!


Summer Reading & Summer Learning Activities:

Calculation Nation - Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - online, educational games -here!

If the kids love math, check out The 9 Best Math Apps for Kids from Cheryl Lock @ Parents. -here!

CoolMath is a great website for Pre-Algebra and on up to pre-calculus. -here!

Education.Com has an entire library of summer fun worksheets -here!

Explore Code with Google Programs: -here!

PBS Kids for Parents has Simple Tips for Summer Math Learning -here!

PBS Kids: Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms - grades K-12 topics -here!

PBS KIDS Lab: Educational games, activities and mobile apps, for kids PreK to grade 3. -here!

PBS Kids Afterschool Adventure! -here!

Common Sense Media Recommends: Kanopy App: Watch free movies, shows and animated books with library card - free: Great nature videos, activities, games, stories, and more -here!

Space Rangers! A book-based science adventure via Start With a Book -here!

Khan Academy - Excellent tutorials on math, humanities and more (FREE - world-class education for anyone, anywhere): -here!

National Geographic Kids: Great nature videos, activities, games, stories, and more -here!

Discovery Kids: Video, games and activities to explore dinosaurs, sharks, space, pets, history and more -here!

NASA Kids Club: A place to play games and learn about NASA through interactive explorations -here!

Project Noah: Explore and document wildlife — be a citizen scientist! -here!

Design Squad Nation: Be creative and help people through engineering, from PBS -here!

My Wonderful World: A multimedia tour of our seven continents from the Smithsonian -here!

BrainPOP: Games, quizzes, videos about topics in science, social studies, English, math, arts and music, and more. -here!

iCivics: Educational online games and lesson plans to promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens. iCivics was founded by retired Supreme Court of the United States Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. -here!

All kids need to keep learning over the summer. If they don’t, they lose what they’ve learned during the school year, and those losses add up year after year Find a Summer Learning Week Program or Event - here

Find lots more ideas and resources for accessible print on the blog, Aiming for Access -here!

Find out what the themes are for Summer Learning Week - -here!

Themes include: Discovery Day, Masterpiece Day, Future Leaders Day and more!

#bealearninghero in Action!

Parents, pledge to be a Learning Hero - -here!!

Parents - Reading Rockets says Organize Your Own Book Swap! - Download the article -here!

Promote simple, fun items that support the reading habit. Reading Rockets has created a "Warning! Reading Rocket in Orbit" door hanger in English and Spanish -here!

For students with vision or learning disabilities, tell your parents about Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic), which provides free audio books for kids to listen over the summer -here!