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    Avoid Summer Slide! Keep kids learning over the summer
    Posted on 06/28/2018
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    Avoid the summer slide and keep students learning over the summer

    A summer without educational activities can lead to summer learning loss, also known as summer slide, putting students behind at the start of the next school year. Here are just a few ways to keep your student engaged with learning throughout the summer.

    Read Every Day

    Encourage your student to read every day!

    Reading aloud to young readers helps them build the foundations for future learning and supports academic success. Adult-child reading time helps students develop language and speech skills, expand vocabulary and increase attention span.

    Remember, you are your student's best role model. Children need parents and guardians to be their reading role models.

    Help your student get a library card and check out books often.

    Looking for book title recommendations for your elementary student? Check out the Global Reading Challenge Book 2018 book list!

    Seattle libraries offer fun learning activities for kids of all ages, including book bingo and engaging library events. Read more about the summer offerings at The Seattle Public Library.

    Reading tutoring this summer with Team Read

    Dates: June 27 - Aug. 2
    Locations: Rainier Beach Library, New Holly Library, Douglass-Truth Library and South Park Community Center

    Students going into grades 1st through 5th who are below reading level are encouraged to sign up for FREE one-on-one tutoring through the Team Read summer program. Tutoring takes places June 27 – August 2 and sessions are offered twice a week (Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Library, New Holly Library, Douglass-Truth Library and South Park Community Center. Space is limited and students will be admitted based on need for reading support

    For more information please visit or you can register in person at one of the summer program locations listed above

    Head Outdoors

    Visit parks, hike and enjoy the natural world. Plan family outings to local museums, beach or parks.

    Find local parks, beaches and pools on the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation webpage.

    If your student was a fourth grader during the 2017-18 school year, you and your family can get free access to hundreds of national parks through August 31, 2018. Read more about Every Kid in a Park.

    Many Seattle museums offer free admission on the first Thursday of every month, including:

    Summer Educational Programs

    Enroll your student in enjoyable and educational summer programs. The City of Seattle, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, service clubs and nonprofit organizations provide affordable programs.

    Find summer camps on the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation webpage.

    Jump Start for Students Starting Kindergarten Fall 2018

    Dates: August 20 - 24, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: Most Elementary Schools

    How to apply: When families register their child for kindergarten, the Jump Start registration form will be available. In May, schools that are offing Jump Start will send registration and health forms to families. You can also find the registration form on the Jump Start webpage linked below. These forms should be completed and returned to your school by June.

    This free transition-to-kindergarten program is offered at most Seattle elementary and K-8 schools.

    Read more about Jump Start, including a list of schools participating and registration form.

    Skills Center

    Dates: July 9 - Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Location: Several locations

    How to apply: apply online on the Skills Center website.

    Summer Skills Center courses are open to all Seattle Public Schools' incoming 9th-12th graders. Skills Center is a free program to provide hands-on classes in real-world career fields. Courses range from an exploration of aerospace technology, where students learn how to build, service and modify aircraft and aircraft components, to an introduction to recording arts

    Read more and apply online on the Skills Center website.

    Read more about summer learning opportunities, including Summer Staircase, credit recovery and Seattle Skills Center.

    Summer Meals

    Kids can't learn if they are hungry.

    The City of Seattle funds a summer meal program, providing no-cost breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for kids and teens ages 1-18 years. The 2018 program runs from Tuesday June 26, 2018 through August 24, 2018. Read more about the Children and Youth Summer Meal Program.