Summer Learning

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Prepare for Success in the Upcoming School Year

Summertime means longer days and warmer weather, making it the perfect time for learning fun!

It’s also a great time to make a plan that gets your child ready for the next grade level and supports their social and emotional development.

Thanks to our partners, Learning Heroes and the National Summer Learning Association, National PTA is pleased to offer tips and tools that will set your child up for success in the fall.

PTA leaders, teachers, parents and families should use the following resources to engage families in education throughout a child’s academic career.

Nature Learning in Summer

The community is a rich and exciting learning landscape for children in the summer.
– NSLA, Smarter Summers. Brighter Futures.

Summer Stride

Every summer, children can lose two to three months of progress in reading and math skills. This is what’s known as the ‘summer slide’—when kids fall behind in school over the summer break. These reading and math losses add up.

Summer Learning Students

3 P's to remember your plan! Put the pieces together, pay attention to progress and partner up!
– Learning Heroes, From Puzzle to Plan.

Use this easy, 3-step plan to support summer learning and prepare for the next grade (while having lots of fun!). Get the 3-step Plan.

Smarter Summers. Brighter Futures.

PTAs and schools are key to linking parents to vital summer learning opportunities that can help children have fun and meaningful learning experiences that prepare them for the next grade.

The Smarter Summers Brighter Futures Playbook empowers and equips PTAs and educators to make summers matter in their communities with easy-to-follow planning tools and strategies. Get yours!

Read the Playbook

Summer Learning Playbook

Learning Heroes – Summer ReMix Campaign 

Learning Heroes Summer ReMix provides tips and resources to help parents mix up summer learning by having fun and connecting with loved ones, while also supporting key grade-level skills needed for next school year.

Some of the main resources included in Summer Remix are:

  • The new Dear Program Leader letter helps parents share insights and goals so tutors or camp counselors can best support their child.
  • The Readiness Check gives parents a gut-check on how their child is doing with end of year reading and math skills so they know what to focus on during the summer. It also provides videos and activities to support these skills.

Summer Remix Learning Heroes

School Supplies for the Upcoming School Year

School might look different but Office Depot OfficeMax is here to help with the same amazing Back To School solutions as always.

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