Prevent Learning Loss: Use these Research-based Strategies

For many years, researchers have warned us of the learning loss that occurs when students are not academically engaged. It’s a loss that increases with age as children progress from elementary through middle school. At Summer Solutions, we specialize in preventing learning loss through these research-based strategies: Retrieval practice is one of the best ways to […]

Summer Solutions Reading Activity for Young Children (Pre–K to Grade 2)

Springtime can be magical for children and their pets. Spend some time with an adorable pup by exploring a longtime-favorite, Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham. Then, create a story map. (By the way, you can use this idea with any children’s book.) If you don’t have a copy […]

Primary Math and Science Activities

These math and science activities will have your students exploring time and matter while enjoying a cute puppy theme.  These are extensions to the lessons found in our 2nd grade Simple Solutions Common Core Math and Simple Solutions Science books that schools across the country are using. Math: This worksheet is based on Common Core State Standard […]

Meet Reading Comprehension Goals for Students in Second Grade

The ability to read impacts all aspects life, but above all, reading is essential for learning. That’s why schools and districts all over the country set rigorous reading proficiency goals for students in the primary grades. From preschool through third grade, children are learning to read; by fourth grade, they are reading to learn, and […]

Harry Potter Takes Broadway, and Your Classroom, by Storm

We wrote about Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans1 which included such culinary delights as vomit, rotten egg, soap, and booger in Level 2 of our Reading Comprehension  series. No surprise that the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway has led Jelly Belly to re-release this popular treat which, for the faint of […]

Something Free for Your Class This Year

Hey there, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers! School starts soon, and if you’re like a lot of my friends, you’re looking for ways to “do more with less.” Okay, I’m not a fan of that euphemism either. Too often, teachers are told “there is no budget” for the high-quality instructional materials they need. Yet, […]

Summer Solutions Books at a Glance – Grades 2–3

Summer Solutions Books The Simple Solutions Approach–solid instruction, daily distributed practice, and ongoing assessment–is a proven strategy that promotes mastery and ensures long-term retention. Summer Solutions provides review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break but for a lifetime. Grades 2–3 Summer Solutions […]

Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners and Math Practice

Spinning into Math Facts! Fidget Spinners- the new fad that had both teachers going dizzy over the classroom annoyance.   The principal at the local STEM school posted his frustration about them on his personal Social Media page: “Word of warning to parents buying spinners for ‘concentration’, the spinner’s days are NUMBERED. I hope they run […]

Celebrate the Birthday of Dr. Seuss in Your Classroom

Look here; look there; find Dr. Seuss fun everywhere! Get excited everyone! Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day are celebrated on March 2nd! Dr. Seuss’ catchy rhymes and fun illustrations never go out of style—they continue to amuse children and adults, year after year. To delight your students this year, the Simple Solutions […]

5 Chapter Books Series for Beginning Readers

Young readers sometimes need a little motivation to pick up a book. One way to keep your child interested in reading is to find a favorite book series. Introducing your child to a series provides a chance for him or her to fall in love with characters and explore the characters’ worlds over and over […]