Lexia Offers Library of At-Home Summer Activity Ideas for Teachers to Share with Students’ Families

As school comes to an end for the summer, teachers can help students and their families turn literacy learning into summertime fun. Lexia, a Cambium Learning Group brand, is sharing more than 50 activities that teachers can suggest families do to help students sustain and even accelerate learning over the summer break.

“Research shows that students can lose up to two months’ worth of reading skills over the summer,” said Lexia Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke. “To combat that learning loss, we’re sharing a handpicked selection of fun, easy activities to help combat the ‘summer slide’ and ensure students will be ready for the new school year.”

One example of a learning game for students in kindergarten through grade four helps sharpen students’ familiarity with words and word components by drawing letters, sight words, or word parts – such as prefixes or suffixes – on the ground with chalk. The student can jump to each item and read it aloud, like a game of hopscotch. In the case of prefixes or suffixes, young learners can name a word that includes that word part. Bonus points for using the word in a sentence!

Lexia’s Summer Literacy page contains links to over 40 more ideas for at-home literacy development. Students and their families can engage in activities such as:

● Summer Reading Bingo Challenge® for kindergartners to fifth graders
● Read @ Home games and projects for kindergartners to fifth graders
● Family game nights for foundational, intermediate, and adolescent readers
● Informational text comprehension for early readers
● Multisensory word challenges for pre-kindergarteners to fifth graders
● Reading-related art activities for foundational readers to middle schoolers
● Movement activities for children ranging from foundational readers to middle schoolers

In addition, Lexia has provided ideas for encouraging children to read at home and also to help beginning readers to practice matching speech sounds to corresponding written letters.

“Teachers know how important summer learning can be and with our activities based on the science of reading and in game-like formats, students can see just how much fun learning can be,” Dr. Brooke added. “By sharing these summer home activities with families, teachers can provide additional support that continues the learning over the summer months and plants the seeds for their students’ becoming lifelong learners.”

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