Summer is a time for fun and play. But did you know during summer students forget up to 60 percent of the math and reading skills learned during the school year?
Also, the time children spend “relearning” lost skills during the next school year greatly reduces the valuable time needed to master new skills and subjects.
You Can Stop Your Child’s Learning Slide
How? A child’s ability to succeed in school takes a partnership—one that begins at home and continues in school. That is why the Michigan Department of Education developed fun learning activities called “Family FUNdamentals” to fit the interests and abilities of most children.
However, we know that all children learn differently. This means that some activities may be too simple for your child; others may be too hard. And others simply might not interest your child. If your child seems bored or frustrated by an activity, don’t worry. Just move on to another! Or try making up your own activities, once you’ve seen the kinds of tips included in the packet.
The following activities align with state education standards and support what students are taught in the classroom. To download the activities visit the
Family FUNdamentals Pre K-3 Learning Activities on the Michigan Department of Education website.
Read the full Executive Summary for Summer Learning
Source: Michigan Department of Education
Summer Learning Activities
- Pre-Kindergarten Literacy Activities
- Kindergarten Literacy Activities
- 1st Grade Literacy Activities
- 2nd Grade Literacy Activities
- PreK to 5th Grade Activities
- 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Literacy Activities
- 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Literacy Activities
- Book Critique Middle and High School
- KWL Chart for All Grades
- Elementary Story Map
- Middle and High School Story Map
Need to keep track? Use these score cards.
Need more evidence to keep the learning going all summer?
Top Ten Reasons to Keep Kids Learning this Summer
- Education is the key to achievement and success.
- Parents who are actively involved in their children’s learning at home help their children become more successful learners.
- Stimulating children’s brain development all summer brings big benefits in the fall.
- The average student forgets a substantial number of reading and math skills learned during the school year.
- Losses are greater among lower-income students who cannot attend summer enrichment programs, travel or take advantage of structured learning opportunities.
- Much of the achievement gap between advantaged and less advantaged students occurs in the summer months.
- 7. Children who lose ground over the summer, have a difficult time in “catching up” during the following school year.
- Time spent on “re-learning” substantially reduces the valuable classroom time needed to master new skills and subjects.
- Steady improvement, throughout the year means that children will meet the high education standards supported by Michigan’s State Board of Education and will assure students have the educational foundation needed to succeed in school and life.
- Summer is an ideal time for families to provide the time, learning experiences and practice to reinforce learning.
Source: Michigan department of Education