Slowing the Summer Slide–Part I: Literacy

summer slide, reading, literacySummer is nearly here!

While kids may be rejoicing about the prospect of a summer break, parents and educators may wonder what they can do to combat the dreaded “Summer Slide”–a time when many students lose or forget the skills they learned during the school year.

As all educators know, kids who are already below grade level in their reading are especially at risk when summer break hits.

Summertime and the Reading Is Easy?

During the school year, struggling readers may receive more hands-on help from teachers and supplemental digital programs like Imagine Language & Literacy. But all bets are off once kids leave for the summer break.

For one thing, not all parents have the luxury of being at home with kids during the summer months.

What’s more–daycare, summer camps, and even summer school can be expensive for a lot of families. Even parents who work may not have the means to fight the summer slide in the traditional ways.

So, what’s a parent to do? Read more »


Fun Math Games For Kids This Summer

At Imagine Learning, we know that “fun” and “math” don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. This challenge makes learning basic math concepts a little difficult sometimes.

However, we also know how important these basic math skills are––so we created a list of super fun math games to help your kids learn subtraction, addition, division, and multiplication this summer. Or anytime!

Beach Ball Addition

beach ball addition math game

Supplies needed:

  • Beach ball
  • Permanent marker


Label a beach ball with numbers 1-12 (make sure to repeat numbers for practice adding doubles). Have your children toss the ball to each other. Before they can pass it on to the next person, they simply add whatever numbers are under their hands after they catch it. Read more »


Secrets for summer school success

Is summer school part of your district’s plan to help struggling students catch up with their peers? If so, you’ll want to know about some new research from the RAND Corporation. Their 117-page report on summer learning programs identifies key best practices that help low-performing students achieve high learning gains.

Don’t have time to read all 100+ pages? Here’s what you need to know:

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Summer school survival

Summer is a time for barbeques, swimming pools, vacations, and lazy summer nights. But for teachers and students around the country, summer is also a time for something else: more school.

Whether the students are struggling readers or just seeking enrichment, summer school can be a challenge for the best of teachers. How can you keep your students engaged and excited during summer school? We’ve got three new activities to help the hours fly by.

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