Spotlights Featured Resources for Families and Schools

Parent Resources (Search Our Database) Teaching Math to Young Children for Families and Caregivers Institute of Education Sciences-REL Central Early childhood, between the ages of 2-8, is an important period for developing math skills. These family and caregiver resources, videos, and activities, organized by math topics such as counting or shapes, include research-based and easy-to-follow steps to help you support your child’s math skills during a typical day, whether during summer or any time.

Tips for Supporting Elementary Writing Skills at Home (pdf) Institute of Education Sciences-REL Mid-Atlantic This guide has ideas for families to help elementary-age children practice writing at home using everyday routines and simple activities. Great tips for summer learning or any time!

For Families - Middle & High School Resources Hub Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center Find lots of links supporting families of middle and high school students in the categories of learning at home, communication with schools, child well-being, academics, family mealtime, transitions, organizations for families, school choice, and financial management. Resources include articles, videos, and more.

School Resources (Search Our Database) Summer Learning Initiative You for Youth & U.S. Department of Education "The Initiative supports students' academic growth and development during the summer months, and enhances the ability of 21st CCLC program leaders, staff, and volunteers to design and manage high-quality programs all year long." The website offers planning and implementation tools, beginning with gathering stakeholders to form a team using shared leadership, intentional design steps, and resources for continuous improvement.

2021 Summer Learning & Enrichment: State Guidance for District and School Leaders CCSSO & NGA "The resources and considerations in this document are based on leading research and evidence-based, best practices for summer learning and closing learning gaps. It also includes guidance on how to use ESSER funding to integrate school and community resources to create innovative summer learning programs."

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Advocating for Play: The Benefits of Unstructured Play in Public Schools Heather Macpherson Parrott and Lynn E. Cohen The authors of this study “argue that play has significant cognitive, emotional, and social benefits for elementary school children. Periods of play at school help students to focus, build friendships, improve mood, work cooperatively, and work through conflict without adult intervention. The study has implications for the expansion of play, including recess and programs like Let Grow Play Club, for all schools as a social justice issue.”

Examining the Value of a Summer Kindergarten Transitioning Program for Children, Families, and Schools Susan Griebling and Jaesook Gilbert The transition to more formal schooling in kindergarten can be difficult for young children and their families. This article examines the qualitative results of a four- to six-week transition program. Qualitative data suggested positive effects for children’s social/emotional readiness for school, and children who attended the program became leaders in the classroom and experienced less anxiety. Because the transitions in the start of the school year were easier, teachers had more instructional time with the children early in the school year. Children with special needs received more support, and families became connected with the schools on multiple levels. Parents developed friendships with other families and overall felt less anxious about their child starting school.


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