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prevent summer learning loss

Summer is a great time for relaxation and family time. But it can also lead to learning loss, where a student may find themselves losing some of the skills they learned in the previous school year. Here are some fun ways to combat summer learning loss so they can start off the new school year ready to learn! 

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  • Set aside at least 30 minutes everyday for your child to read. Make a reading list of books that your child can look forward to reading, challenging them to try new books, and reading together can make this a fun summer activity. Read with PBS KIDS offers a great book list for summer reading along with many hands-on learning activities as part of PBS Kids Summer Adventure.
  • Be sure to check out the library to get new books and ask a librarian what they would recommend. You can also CLICK HERE for a look at fun activities our libraries have going on this summer for all ages! 
  • If your student is reading below grade level, be sure to spend those 30 minutes of reading with them, helping them sound out words and encouraging them. It's also helpful to keep a dictionary around to help define words that they might not understand. 
  • Have a family game night that helps kids with their spelling - like scrabble, boggle or a crossword puzzle.


  • Cook together: Looking at recipes can be a great way to look at numbers and fractions, measurements,  that end in a delicious treat! 
  • Taking a road trip this summer? Check out license plates and use the numbers to add, subtract, multiply, or divide as you drive. Not only is it practicing some math but it will also help pass the time!
  •  Play some board games together that help with math - like Ticket To Ride, Set, or 20 Express.


  • Cooking - specifically baking - can help kids learn about science! CLICK HERE to learn how you can teach your student about chemistry through experimenting with cookies. 
  • Take a hike! We know you want to catch all the sun rays while you can, so go for a hike or a walk and bring a plant book with you. Find plants and try to identify them using the book.
  • Grab a cup and a magnifying glass and see what's happening in your favorite river, lake, pond, or stream. Look online to see what could be growing or living in the water.  
  • Do some fun science experiments at home - CLICK HERE for ideas of what you can do at home using things you may already have around the house!   
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field trips

We are lucky to have some great places for kids to visit that are not only fun, but educational. Here are some places to check out around Anchorage this summer: