Kids need summer learning to help in next school year

Last Updated by Meagan Banta-Lewis on
School stops for the summer: Learning never should
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Although the allure of sunshine and goofing off is strong since school let out for kids, research shows that summers without quality learning opportunities can be detrimental to their education. This is especially pertinent among low-income families.

For low-income families this playful time can result in learning loss due to limited access to resources for summer learning. 

For some children, summer time means camp, visits to museums, parks, and libraries, and access to a variety of fun and enriching activities. For many low-income children, however, the reality of summer is far from this ideal.”  – National Summer Learning Association 

According to the National Summer Learning Association, each summer low-income students lose two to three months in reaching achievement and two-months of grade-level equivalency in mathematics. These losses continue to build summer after summer, too.

June 19 is National Summer Learning Day. It’s a chance to encourage students to be an active learner even though school isn’t in session. 

PBS Kids is promoting a summer learning experience through their “Summer Safari” series with shows and events happening throughout the country.

In addition, PBS Kids has suggested a number of activities that can keep kids engaged in learning and exploring, such as:

  • Visiting the library
  • Going on a Book-nic
  • Going on a Trip

In addition to those resources, PBS LearningMedia also has a summer reading collection available by grade level.

The National Summer Learning Association will be celebrating June 19 with multiple events happening throughout the country.

For more information on summer learning, visit the NSLA website or PBS Kids.