ERIC Number: ED452500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Building Effective Programs for Summer Learning.
Summer learning comes from reading books, singing songs, playing games, listening to stories, taking trips, and all kinds of other fun activities that kids rarely realize are actually good for them. However, this kind of summer learning can be more difficult for children of low-income and other disadvantaged families. Careful analysis of statistics on the academic gap between high- and low-income children's reading scores on the California Achievement Test illustrates the importance of summer learning. Disadvantaged kids' summer losses are especially large during the breaks between the first three or four years of school, and so preventing these losses could make the gap much smaller. Summer learning programs, encompassing everything from summer camps to library reading clubs, summer schools to cultural enrichment programs, are playing an increasingly important role in making this happen. The best ways to reach the children who need the program most are: form partnerships with schools; form partnerships with other services; and make the program accessible and convenient for parents. Some effective ways for the children to have quality experiences throughout the summer are: involve kids' parents; involve volunteers; and make learning fun for everybody. Once a program is reaching the children who need it the most, the major challenge is keeping the program going strong and working to improve it. Three good ways to keep a program going strong are: maintain strong partnerships; foster a sense of community; and constantly strive to do better. (NKA)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Individual Development, Learning Experience, Lower Class Students, Reading Improvement, Summer Programs
For full text at: http://www.ed.gov/inits/americareads/sum_build.doc.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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