The time between the last day of school and the first day of the next school year is filled with summer fun – and a fair amount of academic skill loss, too. Important gains in reading, writing, and math can fizzle when kids take a vacation from learning over the long break.
But a little effort can keep students up to speed and have them start the next term with confidence. Need some help getting there?
These local resources are ready to step in and keep that “brain drain” at bay:
Books are a great resource for exercising young minds, and the libraries of Greene County want to reward little ones for reading over the summer. Head into the library nearest you and sign up to receive a tracking log. Fill in your log and return it to the library to receive a prize.
Stop into your local Dayton Metro Library location or visit their website to participate in the “Summer Challenge.” The libraries of Montgomery County are offering free, hands-on summer learning activities for kids of all ages. Earn prizes as you attend programs and track your progress!
“At our end of the year conferences with parents, I always encourage ways to keep kids writing. Do they have a grandma that lives in another city? Have your child write her a letter and mail it. Or, staple a few pages together and have them write a book about their favorite part from a recent vacation. Another great way to keep bodies and minds active during the summer is to visit the metro parks. Outdoor time always sparks so much good imaginative play! Also, if you visit the metro parks websites, you can easily find different things to do and programs they offer.”
Grace Komisarski, Early Childhood Educator, Hillel Academy of Greater Dayton
Locations in Beavercreek, Centerville and SpringboroThe Goddard Schools of Dayton will be offering several mini camps and programs throughout the summer. Focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math, each camp will offer a fun way to learn something new during break.
The creators of Ta-Da Learning believe that kids learn best while they’re playing. Ta-Da promotes programs that get your family outdoors, exploring and experiencing nature in new ways. Follow them on Facebook for updated registration opportunities and to learn more about their programs.
“Start with your local library. This is a great way to keep kids reading. Doing activities as a family is also a great way to keep their minds engaged. You can go on ‘field trips’ to local museums, markets or metro parks. There are lots of great educational websites. Some require a subscription, however, there are several free sites as well. Overall, keeping kids off the computer, iPad, TV, etc. and having them get outside and play is most important! Crucial playtime gets limited during the school year, so summer is a great opportunity to just play and be a kid!”
Liv Hedlund, 3rd Grade Teacher, Parkwood Elementary School
Locations in Beavercreek and Centerville
Does your kiddo need a little extra assistance in the math department? The instructors at Mathnasium can help your child understand the concepts they find tricky and gain new confidence in their skills. And if your student already loves math, they can work on new challenges to stretch their ability.
Locations in Beavercreek and Vandalia
School may be out, but Sylvan isn’t! Throughout summer break, Sylvan will be offering various workshops and STEM-related classes to keep your K-8th grader interested and engaged in new learning experiences.