ERIC Number: ED440371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
"A Smarter Summer": Guest Columns on Summer Learning. America Reads Challenge.
Riley, Richard W.; Rasco, Carol
How kids spend summer vacation has a direct and powerful impact on their success in school. This document presents 8 brief (600-word) newspaper columns that offer parents simple tips on how to promote learning through everyday activities. Each column ends with a referral for free resources to keep children learning outside the classroom. The newspaper columns are: (1) "Sneaking a Smarter Summer" (which kicks off a smarter summer with simple learning activities and offers a free activity poster to build reading and writing skills); (2) "A Smarter Summer: Less TV" (which encourages parents to limit summer viewing, making the most of TV, and offers kids alternatives to promote learning); (3) "A Smarter Summer: Revolution at the Library" (which addresses the dramatic changes taking place in public libraries as they become a greater resource for their communities); (4) "A Smarter Summer: Write It Right! (which discusses how parents can help children succeed in school by building writing skills during the summer); (5) "A Smarter Summer: Math and Science" (which addresses the importance on achievement in math and science and how parents can make math and science learning fun); (6) "A Smarter Summer: The Arts Advantage" (which offers guidance for parents on how to use the visual arts, dance, music, and drama to develop skills that help children learn in school); (7) "A Smarter Summer: It's Never too Early to Learn" (which discusses how babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can gain skills and love learning); and (8) "A Smarter Summer: Back to School" (which addresses how parents can continue to teach children once school is in session, and how communities can get free reading tutors paid by "Uncle Sam"). (RS)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fine Arts, Learning Activities, Library Role, Mathematics Activities, Parent Participation, Reading Improvement, Reading Skills, Science Activities, Summer Programs, Television Viewing, Tutoring, Writing Improvement, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.