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Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Did you know that students who do not engage in educational activities during the summer lose as much as one to three months of the learning progress they made during the school year? This lapse is known as the “Summer Slide,” and it can be particularly harmful to a student’s reading proficiency. The good news is there are many resources available to help prevent summer reading loss.

Summer Learning Parent Workshop

Did you know that students experience learning losses during the summer break if they don’t engage in educational activities? It’s known as the “Summer Slide.” Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer break compared with identical tests taken at the beginning of the summer. At the same time, parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.

DIY Nature Collection Box

Your kids can practice their science and math skills while playing outside! Check out this DIY Nature Collection Box activity. Nature is full of hidden treasures. In this DIY activity, children explore nature and practice early science and math skills by creating a collection of items found in nature and then organizing their collections into categories for display.

Learning with Your Little Explorer

Exploration gives children the opportunity to learn and connect with their environment. Discoveries happen, questions arise, and it’s our responsibility as parents and educators to seize these “teachable moments.” To raise compassionate and ecologically minded young children, we must support their natural yearning to learn about the world around them.  

How about the gift of time?

It’s not that I dislike new toys, but enough is enough.  My children have grown and I no longer have to deal with the notion of finding yet another place to store more toys.  Now, I’m all about consumable gift giving. Or, even better, how about the gift of time?  These gift ideas tend to be more personal, more enjoyable, and more interactive.  Ideas like these are built on family values, enhanced relationships, and create memories that will last a lifetime.  These are some of my favorites barrowed from Jamie Davis Smith is a Washington D.C.

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