I have always been an avid learner. From a very young age, I loved gaining knowledge and sharing it with others. When I was a little girl, I used to collect workbooks from my teachers as they cleaned out their classroom at the end of the year and used them to teach summer school under a huge oak tree in our neighborhood. To my surprise, I always had an outdoor classroom filled with students eager learn. It was in that moment that I realized that students wanted to learn; they just needed creative and fun ways to do so. Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months. Parents that are unable to financially invest in quality summer learning programs; need options to bridge the gap. Today, I will be sharing a few free programs that should be accessible in every community, city and state. My hope is that this list will aide you in finding the perfect solution to ignite learning this summer.
Sign up for summer reading programs at your public library. These programs are absolutely free and typically last all summer long for a few hours a day.
Subscribe to the National Summer Learning Association (NLSA) newsletter and get free readiness roadmaps delivered your inbox every day for your child. These lessons can be tailored to meet your child’s individual learning needs. https://www.summerlearning.org/
Seek out free summer camps and programs in your area. Many school systems and community action agencies have programs readily available, but you will have to be the early bird to get the worm.
Send your child to various vacation bible schools throughout the summer. You will be surprised at what they will learn. One year my nieces learned to craft, swim and sew in addition to their spiritual and educational curriculum. There are several teachers and retired teachers that volunteer for these programs at their church so that it always a bonus.
Finally, don’t forget to incorporate the fun this summer. I have so many fond memories of summer sleepovers, parties and activities. If you are interested in planning a super fun and budget friendly summer event here is some inspiration.
Emoji themed Summer Sleepover- https://youtu.be/9a8zyHFG-Xs
$10 DIY Dollar Tree Party that looks like you spent $100- https://youtu.be/qNEZ13E59b8
Summer Ice cream Social- https://youtu.be/qlZYQ3-2Duo
Summer learning programs can help to sustain and improve academic skills, foster stronger relationships with peers and adults, and reinforce positive work habits and attitudes. Summer learning makes a noteable difference and bridges the gap in their academic journey. I hope that you all have found these tips helpful as you plan and coordinate your summer activities with your children. If you should have any additional resources that would be beneficial to others, please visit my blog and leave a message and I will add it to the list that I will publish on my blog.
Until next time!