Welcome back to the Literacy Monday Linkup. This week we are talking about bridging the summer learning gap. Studies prove the importance of planning summer educational activities.
Quick Tips For Bridging the Summer Learning Gap
- Visit your public library regularly. Public libraries have summer reading programs that offer incentives to encourage children to keep reading. Often these programs include prizes that they give children as incentives for reading a certain number of hours or books. Children and youth librarians also plan special events at the library geared toward children. If you work, often libraries have extended evening hours certain nights of the week. Be sure to check your library’s webpage for details on events and programs offered during the summer.
- Seek online resources for help. The National Summer Learning Association has great tip sheets and resources. Be sure to check out their information on National Summer Learning Day which happens this Thursday. An organization near you may have great activities planned.
- Use everyday activities as opportunities to practice math learning skills. When you go grocery shopping, let your child keep a running calculation on how much you spend on groceries. When cooking, let them measure out the ingredients for a recipe.
- Encourage them to keep a summer journal, writing down their memories and thoughts about the activities and fun things they did during the summer months.
- Encourage them to use their computers for learning activities. Organizations create free sites full of fun games and learning ideas. Here are just a few:
- Family Education Online Magazine (really great all year long!)
- Fun Brain : I love their reading games. Great for all ages.
- Great Kids article on 10 Ways to Keep Your Child Learning This Summer: This article has even more great tips and resources.
- Scholastic has great article as well such as Creative Summer Learning Ideas and be sure to check out their Summer Learning site for Parents.
- This week Amazon has a great sale on the classic Summer Bridge Activity workbooks. (Affiliate link: if you use it to purchase, I will receive a small percentage that I use to pay my blogging expenses. Thanks for your support!)
What activities have you planned to bridge the summer reading gap for your children. Do you have any old posts with summer learning gap activities to share? Please link them or leave our ideas in the comments area. 🙂
Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about what inspires you in reading, writing, blogging, and even share our written Bible devotions.
Now let’s celebrate reading and learning.
Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!
Reblog by Bette A. Stevens at 4WritersandReaders
Written by Sandra Bennett – Author
Bette shared with us a link to an article written by Sandra Bennett. This article lists some really important reasons to keep reading to our children all the way through to their teens. I so agree that it is important to instill a love of reading in our children. Don’t miss this post. 🙂
My Favorite Post of the Week:
This post is not for the faint of heart, but Kristen writes some important truths that every Christian mother should embrace. I hope you will check it out!
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