The school year may be over, but we know that learning never ends. We encourage our Little KIPPsters to remain scholastically sharp by engaging in summer reading. Not only is it fun, but data shows that students who read during summer vacation are more likely to score higher on tests once school resumes in August.
To prevent the “Summer Slide”—the tendency for children to lose some of the academic gains they made during the previous school year—here are some suggested tips to encourage your Little KIPPster to keep learning during their break.
Work with your child to set realistic goals this summer. Whether it’s reading a book a week, trying to read 30 minutes every day, or incorporating math or science in everyday activities, do your best to make learning a priority.
Pro-tip: Set up a reward system so you can celebrate together once they meet their goals!
Read Every Day
Kids can engage with words every moment of the day. Find time every day to read, either together or separately, and then discuss what you like about your book to help develop a love for reading. To make sure you choose the right books, have your child test read a few pages before buying it or checking it out at the library. If your child is reading a book that is too easy, they will get bored. If the book is too challenging, they will get frustrated! Help find a book that’s just right! Learn more about your child’s reading level here, or ask your local librarian!
Tips for Success:
Complete at least one 20-minute learning session each day and keep a reading log.
Allow your child to take charge of their learning. KIPPsters can choose which learning platform and activities they want to complete!
Make Learning Fun
Learning opportunities are everywhere and there are so many ways to make learning fun this summer. Kids can read cereal boxes, menus, recipes and signs as they go about their summer activities. You can play a game in the car where your child reads all the words they can see to help them practice their reading skills and grow their vocabulary. You can also practice math skills when dining out or shopping at stores by having your child be responsible for paying and counting the change.
Take Field Trips
Consider taking field trips this summer to create opportunities for learning. You can go to sporting events to discuss the strategy and rules of the game or visit museums and talk about your kids’ favorite parts of the exhibits.
Thinkery offers 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor activities designed to let children and families can learn through play.
1830 Simond Avenue
Austin, TX 78723
At Pioneer Farms, families can travel back in time and experience Texas history first-hand while exploring over 90 acres of land and discovering memorable ways to live Texas’ colorful past through the farm’s unique history programs.
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive
Austin, TX 78754
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers exhibits, an iMax theater, a planetarium, and innovative educational programs that help broaden our understanding of the world.
2201 N Field Street
Dallas, TX 75201
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages the community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest.
1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
At Children’s Museum of Houston, children can learn through hands-on exhibits in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts.
1500 Binz Street
Houston TX 77004
The Health Museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, the medical sciences and the human body. The interactive science learning center has a pavilion that includes giant models of human organs and dozens of hands-on exhibits and science stations.
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004
This children’s museum is inspired by the power of play and the experiences in their exhibits are fueled by hands-on learning.
2800 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209
Witte Museum offers exhibitions, programs, and collections that connect the past, the present, and future through a dynamic learning environment.
3801 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78209
Go to the Library
One of the field trips you take can be to your local library to give your child an opportunity to browse and select books they’re interested in. Don’t hesitate to check out a cool book for yourself because if you make reading a priority, your child will, too!
Libraries often have great summer programs and they are usually free! Learn more about the library programming in your city at: