Reading, languages and STEM: These summer programs will help keep your kids sharp for the fall
Summer is time for a break and, after nine months of school, most young people are excited to have some time off from education. During this time however, students may forget skills developed throughout the year – many will have trouble transitioning back into school in the fall.
Statistics show parents and teachers are correct to show concern: Students frequently score lower at the end of the summer than they did at the end of the school year on the same exact tests. This is called the 'summer slide' – a decline in reading ability over the summer months, according to the U.S. Department of Education – and there is only one way to combat it: Make your kids read.
To help parents out, many local libraries and school systems across mid-Michigan promote education through a variety of summer programs all across the Lansing area. Read about these programs below and consider helping your young student keep up this summer.
'A Universe Of Stories' summer reading programs
Capital Area District Libraries, as well as the East Lansing Public Library and Delta Township District Library, are running the same summer reading program called 'A Universe of Stories' – a program that tracks and rewards young readers for progress made in summer reading goals.
Each of the three has registration available online or in person. Prizes await those who keep up and log their reading at their respective local libraries. Important dates for each program are as follows:
- Capital Area District Libraries: June 7 until August 10, register here ahead of next Friday's start date.
- Delta Township Public Library: Begins Saturday, June 8, with a kickoff party for all ages from 10 a.m - 1 p.m. A teenage kickoff party will follow on Friday, June 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and both parties are at the library. For more information on their program and online registration, check out the website.
- East Lansing Public Library: Starting on Monday, June 17, with a kick-off party at ELPL from 5-7 p.m. The program has different age groups ranging from three to adults. Register here.
Each of these programs are free and open to the public.
Spartan Youth Programs
Michigan State University takes a different spin with their summer outreach programming by running language classes throughout the summer.
The MSU College of Education offers summer camps for teenagers and younger, specifically teaching six different languages: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, French (teens and younger kids) and Spanish (teens and younger kids).
Programs begin in the middle of June and run all summer. The cost ranges from $135 to $295, but financial aid and opportunities to earn college credit through the programs are available – as well as scholarship opportunities for future programs. For more information, visit the Spartan Youth Program website or contact Amy Byle at 517-353-8977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lansing School District 'Summer Explorers Program'
The Lansing School District is returning its free and open to the public 'Summer Explorers' program once again.
Summer Explorers is a summer learning opportunity for students in the Lansing School District with programs that focus on STEM, literacy and career experiences.
The program is open for K-12 Lansing School District students with its first kickoff date set for June 15. The June 15 kickoff will mark the start of the middle school program.
The programs also offer higher education opportunity for high school students through their summer APEX Credit Recovery and Enrichment program. A web-based experienced that caters to the individual students needs. The APEX program will begin on June 17 and runs through August 8.
All sessions are available at all high schools in the district with the a.m. session running 9-11:30 a.m. and the evening session times set from noon-2:30 p.m.