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Summer Learning Suggestions

Summer is a beautiful time to relax and enjoy extra time with family and friends. Summer can also be a time when children take a long break from reading, writing and math to the point where they lose some of the essential skills they learned during the school year. Many children forget some of what they've learned during the school year or slip out of practice during the extended break. Research shows that the summer slide, the loss of learning over the break, impacts an elementary student's performance by about a month during the break! With 70+ days of summer, every day a student is not participating in learning is a loss by every measure.
Listed below are easy and effective ways that parents can keep their children cognitively active all summer long, in ways that are as fun as they are educational. To help your child choose appropriate books, access summer reading recommendations suggested by our staff. Book titles are uploaded here Summer Reading and are available on our website under Parent Resources. There you will also find leveled book information including traits, characteristics of books at every level and moreways to support reading at home suggested by Teachers College. Finding books that are interesting to children and appropriately challenging will motivate them to read.
Summer Learning Suggestions:
  • Read, read and read a lot more!
  • Make time to read every day. Read nonfiction, fiction, ebooks, poetry, magazines; read out loud! Kids are more likely to read when they get to choose the book themselves.
  • Tweet each title of the book your child has read to our school Twitter account @HillsideSchool3 using #hillsidesummerreading.
  • Have your child send me a postcard or write me a letter to our school address. I promise to write them back!
  • Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge at and help Hillside School set a new reading world record for Summer 2018! Read & log your minutes all summer long! Great website for book lists, reading activities, tips and resources, too!
  • Take digital photos and make a summer scrapbook. Have your child label photos and write a summary for each event, trip, etc.
  • Log on to our technology webpage for links to websites, apps and interactive books that build and reinforce learning skills.
  • Learn a new word each week and play games with these new words to improve vocabulary.
  • Have your child participate in the Lee Memorial Library summer reading program.
  • Create a reward system for the number and level of books read to track and monitor reading and build independent reading.
  • Cook with your child to integrate math, reading and following directions.
  • Plan and take a trip. Use a navigation app or map to help you and your child investigate journey distances and measure travel times.
  • Play quick addition, subtraction and multiplication games with playing cards to build number relationships.
  • Create a project together. Try a project that uses measurement and discuss the tools you use and how to estimate and get exact measurements.
  • Work out problems together. Involve your child in real-life problem-solving. Model and think out loud to explain your reasoning (example: When planting our garden how many seed packets will we need?).
  • Do a graphing research project. Collect data in and around the house, organize it and interpret the results together. For example, research the most popular car color in your neighborhood.
School supply lists are uploaded here: School Supply Lists 2019-20 and there is still time to order supply kits through our PTO campaign. More information is here: PTO School Supply Kits and orders must be placed by June 30th.