End of year FREE printables! Worksheets and Coloring Pages: Helping to prevent summer slide

Here are the links to our end of year FREE printables! Click for worksheets and coloring pages below. Review tips for helping prevent summer slides.

It’s the end of another busy school year! We hope it was a wonderful one for you!

Here are some FREE worksheets and a letter home to encourage continuation of skills learned this year in hopes of preventing summer slide. Choose one or print them all as a last day of class ‘kit’ to send home. These are 8 1/2 x11in size worksheets, so you will easily be able to print from a desktop printer in bulk.

We have also included two mini-posters for a relaxing coloring activity. They are sized 18 x24 and perfect for your color poster maker machine if your campus has a poster maker such as the Education Pro! One page is better for younger students, and the other is more detailed for older students (or even adults who just need a mental break).

You can choose to utilize this over-sized coloring page for an in-class, cooperative activity or send it home as an end of year surprise for students to enjoy coloring over the summer.

Preventing Summer Slide: Strategies for Teachers to Keep Students Engaged and Learning

Introduction: As the school year comes to a close, educators often face the challenge of mitigating the summer slide—the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer months. Research shows that students can lose up to two months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading skills during the summer break. However, with strategic planning and engaging activities, teachers can help prevent the summer slide and ensure their students return to school ready to learn. Here are some effective strategies to keep students engaged and learning during the summer vacation:

  1. Encourage Summer Reading: Reading is one of the most effective ways to prevent the summer slide. Encourage students to read regularly during the summer months by providing them with access to a variety of books that cater to their interests and reading levels. Consider creating a summer reading list with recommendations for different genres and subjects. Additionally, establish a summer reading challenge with incentives to motivate students to read consistently.
  2. Provide Enrichment Activities: Offer students opportunities to participate in enrichment activities that stimulate their minds and foster creativity. This could include science experiments, art projects, writing workshops, or virtual field trips. Consider collaborating with local libraries, museums, or community organizations to provide access to resources and activities that complement classroom learning.
  3. Foster Math Skills: Math skills are particularly prone to decline over the summer, so it’s essential to provide opportunities for students to practice and reinforce mathematical concepts during the break. Encourage students to engage in real-world math activities such as cooking, budgeting, or measuring objects around the house. You can also recommend online math games and resources that make learning math fun and interactive.
  4. Stay Connected: Maintain communication with students and their families throughout the summer to provide support and encouragement. Send regular updates with educational resources, activity ideas, and tips for preventing the summer slide. Consider creating a virtual learning community where students can share their summer experiences, ask questions, and stay connected with their peers.
  5. Offer Voluntary Summer Programs: Organize voluntary summer programs or workshops that focus on reinforcing academic skills in a relaxed and engaging environment. These programs can include small-group instruction, hands-on activities, and project-based learning opportunities. By making learning enjoyable and meaningful, you can motivate students to stay academically active during the summer break.
  6. Model Lifelong Learning: As educators, it’s important to model a love of learning and demonstrate the value of continuous self-improvement. Share your own summer reading list, hobbies, or professional development goals with your students. By showing them that learning doesn’t stop when the school year ends, you can inspire them to take ownership of their education and pursue knowledge outside of the classroom.

Conclusion: Preventing the summer slide requires a proactive approach that engages students in meaningful learning experiences throughout the summer break. By incorporating these strategies into your summer planning, you can help your students maintain academic progress, foster a love of learning, and return to school prepared for success in the new academic year. Together, we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to thrive, both inside and outside the classroom.

We hope you have a happy, healthy, & fun summer break!