When school is out, summer months often fill up with outdoor adventures, sports fun, and festive gatherings. It can also be a wonderful time to take a step back from a hectic school schedule to relax and reconnect with friends and family. Unfortunately, the “summer slide” – a decrease in students’ academic skills while out of school – is also common during the summer break. There are, however, things parents can do to take charge and make learning a priority even as the dog days of the season approach.
Use these resources to help you and your children strike a healthy balance between leisure activities and learning. Remember to choose a mix of experiences, both active and relaxing, some involving technology and others unplugged from devices.
Orange County Public Schools–along with several community partners–has created a summer reading program to help stop the Summer Reading Slide. The goal is for OCPS students to read20 million minutes this summer. Reading minutes can be recorded at the Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge site or brought to their teacher any time during the first month of school. Students can log how much time they spend reading for any reason and from any of the programs listed on this website.
Here are some of the programs you can use to participate in the OCPS Summer Reading Challenge and log reading minutes:
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathlon has been designed with activities and challenges kids will find fun no matter what kind of books they like to read. Best of all, when kids complete the challenge, they are eligible for a free book.
The Summer Math Challenge is a FREE math skills maintenance program based on grade-level standards that help prepare students for college and careers. The program is targeted to students who have just completed grades 1 through 8 and is designed to help kids retain math skills learned during the previous school year. From June 19th through July 28th parents will receive daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources. When the program ends parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child’s summer math accomplishment!
The Winter Park Health Foundation is proud to support the Coordinated Youth Initiative (CYI), a collection of school-based health services to bolster the health of the whole child and remove barriers to learning. We believe Healthy Kids Make Better Students.