Summer learning tips help kids stay sharp, prepare for college

For kids, summer is synonymous with fun and games and a welcomed break from school. And although no summer is complete without a little R & R, research shows that “summer learning loss” is an issue for many students when they do not engage in educational activities.

Studies also show that for some students, participation in summer learning opportunities can result in higher graduation rates and better preparation for college. According to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning and other research groups, students on average lose 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in math during the summer. All students have some learning loss when they don't engage in summertime education, research shows, and only about 10 percent of students nationwide participate in some type of summer school.

Experts in learning outside of the traditional classroom, Connections Academy educators have come up with ways to make learning fun during summer vacation. For the top 10 fun and “stealth” educational activities to keep kids sharp this summer – without them even knowing - click the link below.

Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) serves students in grades K-12 throughout the state of Colorado, and is contracted through Denver Public Schools. ColoCA meets the needs of students who are, for a variety of reasons, better suited to learning outside the traditional classroom, but who can benefit from public school resources such as textbooks, daily assignments, professional teacher support and opportunities for peer interaction and community activities.

The school is holding information sessions around the state this summer, a great way for parents to get more information about the program and learn if the program is a good fit for their child.

There's a session in Grand Junction scheduled for Monday, July 27, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive. Steve McNamer, Connections Academy’s Outreach Manager, will be in Grand Junction for the session.

For more information, watch the live interview.


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