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ERIC Number: ED462533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Most of Summer Vacation for Elementary School Children. For Parents, about Parents.
Boulay, Matthew; Fairchild, Ronald
This brochure discusses the importance of keeping students from regressing during the summer months, explaining that most children forget important skills and knowledge that they do not use over the summer, and teachers often spend 4-8 weeks at the beginning of the school year re-teaching material from the previous year. How students spend their summer is important to their academic success. There are many fun and easy ways parents can help their children continue learning during the summer, including reading aloud to children and encouraging them to read aloud, discussing current events with children, encouraging children to watch educational television about science and nature, planting a garden, using maps of the neighborhood, visiting libraries and museums, and writing to local elected officials and newspaper editors about current issues. Many school districts and community organizations offer a variety summer programs that have different goals and teach different subjects. Parents need to examine the programs closely before selecting one. Summer learning activities can nurture children's natural curiosity to learn new concepts, skills, and information. Parents can help their children succeed in school and life by providing fun enrichment opportunities during the summer and throughout the school year. (SM)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, Box 40, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 800-601-4868 (Toll Free); Fax: 212-678-4012; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.