A Parent's Guide to Student Learning During the Summer
After your middle/high school student has spent most of the year cooped up in classrooms and studying for tests, when summer rolls around, most of them are ready to drop the books and take a break. But, did you known that this break from learning can result in what’s known as summer learning loss?
Summer Learning Loss is a loss in academic skills and knowledge during the summer months. Students face summer learning loss if they are not engaged in meaningful summer learning and enrichment activities. Over 100 years of research tells us that a summer without learning can cause children at every grade level to fall two to three months behind in their academic skills.
So what’s a parent to do? Summer is a great break from school, but it doesn’t have to be a break from learning!
What You'll Find
If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Litz at 240.715.5913 or Karen Parker Thompson, The FERP Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LAYC's Bicycle Adventure Camp
Monday, June 29th, 8am to Friday, July 31st, 4pm
1200 Clifton St NW
For more information:
-Victor Budasoff (202) 658-9481 or email@example.com-Landis Pulido (626) 374-0194 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kid Power Inc. Summer Leadership Academy
Monday, June 29th, 9am to Friday, July 31st, 4pm
801 7th St SW
National Youth Leadership Forum: Law & CSI
Monday, July 6th, 8am to Saturday, July 25th, 4pm
14750 Conference Center Drive
There are multiple programs start dates. Scholarships are available.
UMD's Young Scholars Discovery
Sunday, July 19th, 8am to Friday, July 31st, 4pm
University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States
College Park, MD
Discovery is open to:
- Current seventh and eighth grade middle school students.
- Intensive learning through high standards and expectations
- Engaging courses and innovative instructors encourage creative problem solving
- Field trip to Washington D.C. to explore our Nation's Capital
- Interactive seminars and collaboration with equally talented peers
- Evening and weekend social activities for residential Discovery Scholars
Visit the website for more information and to apply.http://oes.umd.edu/young-scholars/young-scholars-discovery
Activities in Your Community
DC Parks & Recreation
Youth Camps:Every year, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers a variety of exciting urban camping opportunities for youth ages 3 to 17. These opportunities include sports camps, aquatic camps, therapeutic camps, and other day camps. Additionally, DPR partners with the District Department of Employment Services to host a number of exciting teen career camps. For more information, visit the website below or contact the DPR Camp Office.
The Office of Teen Programs of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) offers a wide variety of programs specifically designed to keep teens actively engaged throughout the year and help youth build and develop positive relationships with one another through cultural and social enrichment activities. Teen programs include Teen Nights Outs, Supreme Teen Clubs, Youth Council, community service projects, sports, leadership development and other fun recreational events.
Smithsonian National Zoo Day Camps Grades K-7
Visit the website below for more information and to register!
Web Resources for Online Learning
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
National Summer Learning Association
Are you a brainiac on the subject of the human brain? An authority on American authors? An ace on astronomy? A whiz on The Wizard of Oz? If not, don’t worry. The new game Digging for Answers tests your research skills as well as your expertise. With each question—on these and many other subjects—you have the choice of answering on your own or trying to beat the clock as you search for the answer on a Smithsonian website. So get started. Time is running out!
Have you ever found an unusual coin or stamp? Or looked for old treasures in your attic? Then you’ve come to the right place! Visit Kids Collecting and explore the riches of the Smithsonian’s collections, learn how to start your own collection, and see what kinds of things other kids collect.
Additional Online Sources
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids
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