Stop Summer Learning Loss and Free Planner!

Hello darlings!  I don't know about you, but I am always concerned with the learning loss that occurs between grade levels every summer.  Year after year, our new kiddos come to us reading at least one level lower than the previous year, and somehow that is normal and acceptable.  We work too hard with our kiddos for them to regress and not retain their learning! 

Last year I decided to do something about it.  On the last day of school, my kiddos make themselves a Summer Camp Kit.  This kit includes multiplication games, a Reading Response Journal, and Writing Prompts with a Writing Journal. 

Because my students are the ones making it, they take ownership and they don't just toss it as soon as they leave for summer!  I tell kiddos that if they bring it back completed the next year, they will earn a special treat from me.  While I would like to report that all of my kiddos brought it back last year, I was please that I did get 12 students who completed it.  I am going for a larger number this year. 

I will also be starting a Summer Camp Success Wall in my room to hang up pics of the kiddos who completed it and allow them to sign the wall.  Hopefully this will be another motivator as well.

Detailed directions with pictures
Reading Journal with suggested activities and sentence starters
Writing Journal with optional prompts
Camp Workout Game: incorporation multiplication and physical activity
Hike the Hills Game: multiplication strategy game "spotting animals"
Spinner Game: includes 3 different multiplication/division game options

I did this on the last day of school with my kiddos.  The key to these activities is that students take ownership in creating the journals and games themselves.  Students simply color each page, cut out, and staple the journals together.  They also put together the spinner and the other games.  Once completed, they put each game or journal in its own sandwich bag and then place everything inside the suitcase.  We play the games in partners and start off one of the journal entries for reading and writing.   

I hope you check this out and find it useful.  I would love to give two lucky winners this resource for free.  Just tell me your favorite vacation spot and leave your email.  You may find this in your in box tomorrow!

As promised, I updated my Teacher Planner for the 2016-2017 School Year!  If you love it, please leave feedback so I know you like it and want to continue the updates!


  1. I would love to take my family on an Alaskan cruise. That is a dream vacation for us!

  2. I would love to do this with my kiddos next year!!!!!! My fav spot is Vancouver, Canada.

  3. I love the idea of your Summer Camp Kit! I'm sure the kids benefit from it and I love that idea of making a wall of pictures for the students that completed it. My favorite vacation spot would have to be the small private island near Nassau called CoCo Cay. I've only been there once, but it was such an incredibly beautiful place. Whenever I get stressed I just visualize lying on the beach, listening to the waves, and drinking something cool and tropical. Works every time :-) My email is Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. My fave vacation spot is Gabriola Island off the coast of British Columbia. We go there every year for thanksgiving. My email is Thanks for the chance!!!!!

  5. I have a dream vacation I hope to fulfill someday - a family cruise to Alaska! Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic resource!

  6. What an awesome idea to have the students help create the work!! This year I made the packets of work and wrote an email home and asked the parents to let me know if the wanted the work - thinking that if they asked for it, they might be more inclined to do it with their kids. (Offered a treat too!) I think your idea is way better!!!! :)

  7. I really like your summer camp resource! We ended our school year with a camping day this year. What fun it would be to do the same thing next year, but let them try out the games in their suitcase first! My favorite vacation spot is either by a beach (I love Lake Michigan) or somewhere with lots of history.


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