Cortland Area
Communities That Care

33-35 Central Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045

Phone: (607) 299-4910

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Charley Rawlings
Project Manager

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Design Assistant

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SUMMER LEARNING

We know from more than 100 years of research that young people lose skills they’ve learned in math and reading over the summer without practice.
 

“While their middle- and higher-income peers continue to make slight gains in reading skills in the summer whether or not they attend a program, low-income youth lose two to three months of their reading skills without regular practice”. -Sarah Pitcock, National Summer Learning Association.
 

Their lost reading achievement during the summer slows their progress toward reading proficiency by the end of third grade and exacerbates the achievement gap with their more affluent peers.


Community leaders, policymakers and funders can help schools and local organizations address summer learning loss by supporting strong programs that engage more children in summer learning opportunities. This new, improved summer learning offers core academic learning, hands-on activities, arts programs, sports, technology and meaningful relationships.

Read. Read. Read.

Summer reading should be FUN reading! Help your child read ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING that interests them. A great way to get started is by celebrating the end of the school year with a special trip to the library or a bookstore. Encourage your child to create a schedule for daily reading and set an example by letting your child see you read everyday.

Have fun with numbers.

Find creative ways to practice math; ask your child to help you tally the bill at the grocery store, calculate time, or follow a recipe. Some children enjoy math workbooks or online worksheets - there are lots of free ones!

Turn off screens!

A little bit of screen time is okay - but too much time is not healthy. Monitor (and limit) screen time in the summertime just as you would during the school year.

Make art.

Kids love art projects of every kind - but they rarely have enough time during the school year to draw and paint and construct as much as they'd like. Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once we grow up." Let the summer months be the time when your child discovers that they have an amazing ability to create through art.

Experiment! Do Science!

Watch an ice cube melt. Grow grass. Play with magnets. Collect rocks. Collect leaves. Summer is a great time to experiment with science.

Eat smart. Eat healthy.

Summer reading should be FUN reading! Help your child read ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING that interests them. A great way to get started is by celebrating the end of the school year with a special trip to the library or a bookstore. Encourage your child to create a schedule for daily reading and set an example by letting your child see you read everyday.

Get outside!

Find creative ways to practice math; ask your child to help you tally the bill at the grocery store, calculate time, or follow a recipe. Some children enjoy math workbooks or online worksheets - there are lots of free ones!

Go to a museum.

A little bit of screen time is okay - but too much time is not healthy. Monitor (and limit) screen time in the summertime just as you would during the school year.

Read a poem.

Kids love art projects of every kind - but they rarely have enough time during the school year to draw and paint and construct as much as they'd like. Picasso said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once we grow up." Let the summer months be the time when your child discovers that they have an amazing ability to create through art.

Finally...go to sleep!

Watch an ice cube melt. Grow grass. Play with magnets. Collect rocks. Collect leaves. Summer is a great time to experiment with science.

Packing your lunch?

Cut your sandwiches into squares, triangles and circles. Then have your kids identify the shapes as you eat.

Help your child learn during the summer months by visiting a local library and signing up for free summer programs to your child can keep learning all summer long.

Taking a hike?

Pick a flower and take turns plucking off one petal at a time. Do you each end up with the same number at the end? Or, collect a handful of rocks, then line them up from biggest to smallest. 

At the playground?

Play a game of hopscotch to practice counting. Bring a book about nature with you and see how many animals and plants you can identify!

Get creative. Let your child's imagination soar. Turn everyday household items like cardboard boxes into rocket ships and castles. 

Looking for free or low cost activities?

Take trips to local museums, park, or nature center. After the trip, talk with you kids about what they saw and what they liked most.

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