When you look back to your own childhood summers, you might remember long days of play stretching past dinnertime, the fun and excitement of summer camp, hours of reading and playing in the pool, creek, or spray from the fire hydrant. It was a break from the routines of school life, and when September rolled around, it wasn’t easy getting back into the swing of classwork.
In fact, you might have forgotten some of the things you learned the year before. Math facts might not come as easily to you or you might need to relearn how to conjugate those pesky irregular verbs in your foreign language class.
These days, we have a name for it—summer slide. The good news is that summer fun and summer learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
If you are looking for ways to keep your kids’ brains active over the summer, consider this list of resources from Lowell teachers. You will find lots of ideas for the whole family below.
Articles on Summer Learning Resources and Summer Parenting Tips
- Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources (Edutopia)
- 25 Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active in Summer (Education World)
- A Summer Reading List for Parents (The New York Times)
- Summer break is hardly a vacation for parents—but here’s how it can be (The Washington Post)
- 5 Apps to Boost Math Skills over the Summer from the Common Sense Media Blog
- Positive Parenting Tips for Summer (American School Counselor Association magazine)
- Kahn Academy (math)
- Adaptedmind.com (reading and math)
- StudyDog (reading)
- Read Naturally (reading fluency, decoding)—Lowell has a subscription for this program. If you are an interested Lowell parent, please contact Jamie Weng.
- ReadWorks Article-A-Day (reading comprehension)
- Type to Learn (touch typing)—If you are an interested Lowell parent, please contact Vicki Steinwurtzel for more information.
- TypingInstructorWeb for Kids (touch typing)
- Duolingo (Spanish practice)
Other Things to Do
- “I’m Bored!” Activity List— Cut up this sheet of activities and put the pieces of paper in a jar. When your kids say “I’m Bored!” have them pick an activity out of the jar.