Free Summer Learning Activities


Did you know, “a nonacademic summer can cause students at every grade level to digress two to three months in their academic skills”?

Summer learning loss is a big issue.

“The numbers surrounding summer learning loss may be especially dire for under-resourced students,” one study shows. “A Johns Hopkins study of Baltimore Public Schools notes that under-resourced youths ‘lose more than two months in reading achievement’ over summer vacation, while their middle-class counterparts make small gains in reading achievement. Regardless of income level, most students lose ‘two months of grade-level equivalency’ in math skills every summer.”

If parents focused on setting aside a half an hour to an hour each day, it would help close learning gaps and increase students’ academic performance. Here are some great reading and math resources that parents could use over the summer to help combat summer learning loss.

Reading Resources

Colorín Colorado’s website has a wonderful summer learning resources section for parents. One of the best parts is that most of their content is available in English and Spanish. offers dozens of fun summer learning ideas! Their resource page houses a variety of summer activities, games, and printable to keep kids busy.

Quick Links to Math Resources

Looking for more great ideas? Read this article on Edutopia: Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources. And did you know we’re offering Waterford Early Learning at a special summer rate to help combat the summer slide? Learn more here.


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