Celebrate National Jelly Bean Day: At-Home Learning Activities from Summer Solutions!

Now that your child’s education has moved out of the classroom and into the kitchen, try these springtime ideas and resources from Summer Solutions. We’re here to keep kids academically engaged, now and throughout the summer! National Jelly Bean Day is April 22 So pick up a bag of jelly beans and get ready to […]

How Simple Solutions enables less reteaching and more time for poetry fun!

Here’s a plethora of poetry links and a free download to get you started! World Poetry Day    Celebrated around the world every March 21st National Poetry Month   30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month this April April brings an abundance of great things…warm spring days, National Poetry Month, and a free Simple Solutions sample lesson […]

Printing Simple Solutions: Easy as Pi

Add our free download to your measurement and “Pi Day” activities. Ever wonder how Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions are made? Well, we’re lucky to have our own print team here in Beachwood, Ohio, that prints and binds our perfect bound books. At BIP Printing Solutions, Joe, Dave, Matt, and Dashi produce more than 450,000 […]

3 easy ways schools can spread Summer Solutions success!

Announce! Our social media kit is a great source for images and suggested text that can be used on your social media pages, emails, webpage, or newsletters—all the ways you communicate to your school families.   Recommend! Teachers know the needs of their students. This letter is a great way for parents to know which  Summer […]

Phonics Instruction: Less Reteaching, More Time for New Learning

While the best way to teach reading is still debated, years of research support explicit, systematic phonics instruction as the foundation for reading success. In 2000, the National Reading Panel¹ recommended teaching phonics patterns by following a defined scope and sequence. “Learning to read is not natural or easy for most children. Reading is an […]

How to Find More Classroom Time for New Learning

More classroom time can be devoted to introducing new material when the teacher is not required to continually reteach old skills and concepts. We love how this short Edutopia video explains practice testing. (HINT: It’s not the typical kind of testing!) Low-stakes testing is a form of retrieval practice, a strategy that boosts long-term retention […]

Spend Less Time on Reteaching and More Time on New Learning.

When students remember what they’ve learned, there’s less need for reteaching and more time for new learning. And the way to get there is by using research-based strategies, like, retrieval practice, interleaving, and spacing. (Scroll to the end of page to download three sample lessons that incorporate the strategies.) How do you do this? Blend […]

Leap Into Math!

We have created two math activities to celebrate leap day, although this activity can be used any day of the year! The primary Counting On worksheet contains problems that are similar to what can be found in our first grade Standards-Based Simple Solutions and Summer Solutions books. To complete the problems, students start with the […]

Summer Solutions Spanish Review

Summer Solutions has a new book this summer: Summer Solutions Spanish Review for Level 4. The newest book to our Summer Solutions series is for elementary school students who have learned some Spanish at school or in an extracurricular program. This book is appropriate for students who have completed 3rd or 4th grade. social media […]