Homework & Studying

Summer Learning: “They Are Doing Math – And Don’t Even Know It!”

Summer vacation doesn’t have to mean losing the structure you work to maintain during the school year. Learn from these mom-tested strategies for using outdoor activities, projects, and learning apps to keep kids focused.

A mom reads with her two children to avoid the summer slide.
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Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Afraid that your ADHD/LD child isn't retaining all of the information he learned at school last year? ADDitude asked real moms to share how they're keeping learning alive for their kids this summer. What are you doing to help your ADHDer stay on track?

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Our Summer Schedule

"We have a schedule we follow every summer, courtesy of
Pinterest: Make Something Monday (craft), Time To Read Tuesday (reading), Workbook
Wednesday (handwriting), Thoughtful Thursday (service, manners), and Fun Friday
(visit a museum, etc.)." – An ADDitude

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Structure for Teens

"My teenage daughter is enrolled in a camp for young writers at a
local college and an online driver’s education course. She is also working on her
summer reading assignments for the fall." – An ADDitude reader

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Do Summer-Long Projects

"My 9-year-old daughter chose to do a project on lollipops
this summer. She got books, will make the candy, as well as craft the wrapper – and we'll top it
off by visiting the Jelly Belly factory near San Francisco in August! Summer
should be fun – and that goes for summer learning as well." – Patti R.

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Library Reads

"We participate in the Summer Reading Program at the
library. It’s a great way to keep kids reading! Also, my son likes computer
games, so I have him play some math games before he can play something else." –
Jill D.

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Real-Life Learning

“Every morning we start the day with writing a list while
eating breakfast. Then, we have reading time for 20 minutes, followed by regular summer activities. Throughout the day we try to practice math facts
while in the car. As a teacher, I know that learning isn't limited to sitting
still at a desk; real life activities are the best way to learn.” – Deanne L.

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Tech for Teaching

"My 8-year-old ADHDer uses learning apps on the iPad, we
play card games that incorporate math, and we read together almost every night.
We also go over last year's spelling words. I'll also give him play money and
charge him for things, so he can practice this life skill as well. He's busy!" – An ADDitude reader

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Get Moving

"I harness my son’s strengths with science experiments,
hands-on learning, and, of course, LEGOs and Transformers! I painted a visual
schedule with the days of the week and times for OT, equine therapy, and
swimming lessons. He also started dance for group participation – it’s amazing
how he's able to pay attention when he’s moving." – Abbie N.

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Get Outdoors

"My kids and I are keeping learning alive by getting
outdoors as much as possible and using nature as our classroom. Last week, we
went on a bike trail, stopped at a pond, and counted the number of different
species we saw. The kids were doing addition and subtraction – and they didn't even
know it!" – An ADDitude reader


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Summer Punch Cards

"My 9-year-old with ADHD and 7-year-old use ‘Summer Punch
Cards’ with various activities on them. The activities range from reading and
math, to chores and outside play (which they need just as much as reading!). Each
day they complete an activity and get a punch on their card." – An ADDitude reader


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Routine, Routine!

"Throughout the summer, my son practices the exact same routine that he does when
he is in school. He gets up and leaves the house at the same time, he eats meals at the same time, and he goes to bed at the same time as he does during the academic year. Although we fill the days with summer learning activities, we are adhering to the same routine in terms of time." – Amy R.

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Use the Day-to-Day Activities

"We try to find opportunities for learning in regular
day-to-day activities: Paying for items at the store, counting
change, baking, taking a weekly trip to the library, reading bedtime stories, practicing science in the
backyard, and doing fun experiments in the kitchen!" – Gillian B.


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Summer Camp Success

"Our 8-year-old child is attending social studies and
cooking camps this summer, and we are playing board games and card games with
her to keep her math skills up. We are also reading lots of books, including George's Secret Key to the Universe by
Stephen Hawking." – An ADDitude