The school year is wrapping up and summer is right around the corner. During the summer, students potentially lose anywhere from one to three months of school-year learning, and the greatest loss occurs in mathematics, according to a report by the Brookings Institution.
We asked a group of Freckle teachers how they support learning over the summer, and here are their top three tips!
Summer Learning Tip #1: Field trip destinations
Share a list of past field trips with parents for possible summer adventures. Ask students to log their adventures from revisiting those venues or any other museums, zoos, parks, and other destinations through journaling or the parent can take a short video clip of their child sharing one thing they learned. (Did you know? The Freckle Summer Growth Kit contains a calendar kids can use to log their summer adventures.)
Summer Learning Tip #2: Focus on a few areas
The idea here is to prevent learning loss over the summer. You might select one subject, decide to focus on a few key topics, and/or ask your students to work through the topics of their choice. (Did you know? Freckle adapts to each students’ level; consider simply letting students know Freckle is available to them over the summer. We’ve included a blank worksheet for you to recommend skills for each student to practice in the Freckle Summer Growth Kit.)
Summer Learning Tip #3: Use what's out there
Share a list of free resources to further motivate learning and participation over the summer. Here are a few our Freckle teachers use regularly to support reading over the summer. The first two give out a free book for reading and logging minutes read.
- Barnes & Noble Summer Reading
- Amazon Summer Reading Challenge
- American Library Association’s reading lists
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