How Schools Can Prepare Students For The Summer Months

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Mar 23, 2015 5:18:26 PM

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Preparing For Summer In Advance Increases Students' Information Retention

The spring is an excellent time for schools to prepare for the summer months. Vacation offers students an opportunity to explore their community, engage in outdoor exercise, visit the local library and foster a life-long love of reading!

Have a School-Wide Summer Reading Contest

Educational institutions can cultivate a love of reading by having a summer reading contest! Schools can provide reading logs to children. Students that return the completed log can earn sensational prizes and rewards. Schools can have a reading rewards assemblies and post the names of the students who read the most pages on the reading honor roll in a display case! Top readers can get a certificate of reading achievement.

Send a List of Local Libraries and Museums to Families

Students can expand their content and cultural knowledge by visiting museums in their community. Schools can provide kids and teens with a summer exploration passport and a list of local museums. Children can collect brochures and information from museums, exhibits and events. Places can stamp the passports. Kids can bring the passports and resources to school and share them for summer-show-and-tell!

Utilize Online Programs To Engage Students In Learning During the Summer

Youngsters and teens are tech savvy! Engage the brain by making an online learning a daily activity. Kids of all ages can read online books. They can document these books on the book logs, too! Kids and teens can become math wizards by visiting the Khan Academy online math institute each day.

Foster Writing Skills Through Summer Vacation Logs, Diaries and Letters

Summer lends itself to outdoor excursions, travel, new activities and fond memories. Exciting and engaging experiences can be documented in a diary, travel log or vacation photo book. People like to write about things they can share with others and revisit at a later date.

Put Postcards on The Map

Vacation goers can send postcards and friendly letters to friends, relatives and their school. The school can hang a gigantic map where they can display the postcards from the students and teachers. Kids and adults will love to visit this map! This teaches student important geography skills as well as gives them a reason to write.


Brilliant Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational, nonfiction and fiction texts. Sharing these books is an excellent way to get students excited about reading. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 8.57.41 AMThe Twelve Days of Summer

Patterned on the popular carol, The Twelve Days of Summer takes readers on a joyous journey into summer, from the first discovery of three eggs in a sparrow's nest to the day when those eggs hatch. Readers will pore over the pictures, searching for that fifth bumblebee, that tenth crow, and for the thoughtfully chosen toy that turns up on each page: a parachute with the goatsbeard seeds, a fan with the ruffed grouse. This is a story to delight and engage children and adults alike.

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