2020 Summer Help to Keep Your Elementary Student Learning

Why should children read in the summer?

We all know the more students read, the better they get at it. This also leads to an opportunity to open their imagination and expand their vocabulary. Continuing to read in the summer is critical. If students don’t continue to read during the summer months, not only can they face a decline in their reading and language abilities, but also fall behind their classmates. This can create a “gap” that we don’t like to see. This goes for Math as well.

How can students improve their reading in the summer?

  • Encourage it!
  • Find a topic your child enjoys
  • Incorporate it into everyday activities
  • Visit your library (summer programs)
  • Read books before you watch a movie
  • Read 15-30 minutes per day
  • Find books that you can relate to events in your family’s personal life or personal beliefs
  • For fifth-graders, use the Summer Reading book to start conversations about plot and story sequence by asking your child to explain what they read and tell you details in their own words, and ask questions if it seems unclear

What about Math?

  • Make it fun!
  • Apply to real life–shopping, cooking, baking, etc.
  • Work a couple of problems daily
  • Practice math facts (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Play math games

Below are some websites to help those students who are struggling or for the parents that have asked for help:


  • Into the Book
  • MobyMax
  • Room Recess
  • Commonlit
  • Turtle Diary
  • OverDrive (public library free access)
  • National Geographic for Kids
  • World Book online
  • San Diego Zoo 
  • Familiar Games
    • Quizizz
    • Kahoot


  • MobyMax
  • Cool Math
  • Math Playground
  • IXL.com  (20 free questions each day)
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