For Alabama's students, summer is a time of fun, but those months away from school can result in a loss of knowledge and reading ability. The Summer Learning Challenge raises awareness of the summer loss epidemic, shares compelling research on the importance of personalized reading activities and provides access to a variety of free resources to support targeted reading and math summer learning.
This year, there are three, free ways to keep students engaged and excited about education:
- This year, the Alabama Summer Learning Challenge has been expanded to include additional offerings to keep students engaged and excited about learning. The Lexile-based "Find a Book, Alabama" tool (Lexile.com/fab/Alabama) offers students over 140,000 books from which to choose. This book-search tool enables individuals to build custom reading lists based on a Lexile range and personal interests and to check the availability of books at the local library. The search tool includes a growing collection of English literary and informational books.
Children, parents and educators can also pledge to read using the “Find a Book, Alabama” tool. Last year, Alabama children pledged to read over 2,700 books.
- The Alabama Summer Learning Challenge also includes a FREE email-based math skills program for children who have just completed 2nd through 5th grades. Parents and other summer care-givers can begin registering for the program on Wednesday, May 1st. Starting Monday, June 24th, parents will begin receiving daily emails with fun activities and resources to help their children retain math skills acquired during the previous school year. After the program ends on Friday, August 2nd, parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child's summer accomplishment! Enroll Here!
- LTS Education Systems offers Kid's College, used in many Alabama school districts during and after school hours. This summer, Kid’s College online reading, math and science skills practice combined with sports video games are FREE to all students in the state from May 1 to August 15.
LTS also now offers the Stride Academy learning platform with brand new games in sports, arcade, logic and physics available on tablet devices, PCs and Macs. Register and Log in at www.AlabamaSummerStride.com. LTS will provide a dedicated Parent Support Line for the Summer Learning Challenge. Parents can call in to 1-855-312-5203 for help with Kid's College and Stride Academy.
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