Preventing Summer Learning Loss- 7 Week Series
Join me for a 7 Week series on “Preventing Summer Learning Loss”! Summer is a wonderful opportunity to help your son get ahead of the curve. As much as we want our sons to relax and take it easy, it’s imperative that we provide them with enriching experiences and learning adventures.
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging that parents read to their infants.
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According to the National Summer Learning Association:
All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).
Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004).
Here are a few resources to get you started for a summer of learning:
PowerMyLearning.org helps you find and use thousands of F.REE games, videos, and interactives in all major K-12 subjects and aligned to the Common Core.
Also if you’re looking for something to do with your son, check out Michael’s Craft Stores: Passport to Imagination. They have 2 hour classes from 10:00am to 12:00pm for $2.00 each class. Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until August 1st.
Also, Groupon has great deals on books and other resources your son will love:
Sesame Street ABCs and 123s Elmo and Friends Bus– $16.99 (74% discount)
- Sturdy board books
- Twelve books about the alphabet
- Four books about numbers 1–10
- Favorite Sesame Street characters
- Bus display case
Mighty Machines Children’s 10-Book Bundle-$15.99 (73% discount)
- Fire Trucks
- Monster Trucks
- Police Cars
- Tractors and Farm Vehicles
50 Comic Book Bundle with Collectible Cards– $39.99 (84% discount)
- 50 comic books, randomly chosen
- 10 sealed non-sport packs of collectible cards
- 9 loose non-sport collectible cards
J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4-Book Boxed Set– $14.99 (58% discount)
- The Hobbit
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Anime Studio Debut 10-$24.99 (50% discount)
- Animation software
- Create comic books or animated scenes
- Ample tutorials cover multiple functions
- Built-in characters and scenarios to get users started
- Enhanced drawing tools
- Compatible with Mac and PC
Kids’ 4-Book Doodle Bundle-16.99 (57% discount)
This set of activity books invites children to explore ancient worlds, ghoulish beasts, and life on the road. Armed with colored pencils, markers, and pure imagination, they can create funny or creepy creatures within the Monster Doodles book, or draw a cheeseburger in every T-rex’s mouth in Dinosaur Doodles.
- Dinosaur Doodles for Kids
- Monster Doodles for Kids
- Superhero Doodles for Kids
- Travel Doodles for Kids
Preschool Prep 10-DVD Collection– $39.99 (69% discount)
Preschool Prep’s DVDs captivate children with educational material that’s garnered more than 25 awards. By anthropomorphizing numbers, letters, and colors, the DVDs help children aged 9 months to 7 years easily recognize the characters and understand their functions. Advanced lessons in phonics and sight words deepen a budding reader’s understanding and respect for the written word, even when it’s written mockingly on their forehead as they sleep.
- Meet the Blends
- Meet the Colors
- Meet the Digraphs
- Meet the Letter Sounds
- Meet the Letters
- Meet the Numbers
- Meet the Shapes
- Meet the Sight Words 1
- Meet the Sight Words 2
- Meet the Sight Words 3