School may be out, but that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop. There are plenty of resources for parents to keep students interested all summer long.
The Illinois State Board of Education has released lists of helpful learning resources for families to use this summer to avoid the “summer slide” that too often keeps students from doing their best in the fall when school resumes. Parents can sign students up for the Summer Math Challenge or the Summer Learning Program offered by the state. Recommended books are available at Find a Book, Illinois. These learning tools require a student’s Lexile score or an estimation of how hard the child finds reading at his or her current grade level.
Each summer, the Illinois Reading Council offers lists of recommended books for summer reading, for ages ranging from birth to 4 years old to 9- to 12-year-olds — and books for adults, too. The 2017 list has some new favorites. Past lists of recommended books are available at the IRC website.
There are also general, common-sense lists of tips for students of all ages from the National Summer Learning Association. Read. Take advantage of museums. Exercise. Get enough sleep. Turn off the TV. The age-specific suggestions also offer tips for teens to get serious about their next steps after high school. Here are lists with some specific advice:
- Top 10 “Easy Summer Learning Tips for parents.
- Tips to keep tweens and teens learning during the summer.
- Keep kids active and healthy during the summer.
Finally, any students interested in nature can check out a conservation page just for children. Kids for Conservation offers basic facts and activities, along with quizzes for students to test their knowledge.