Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Summer is a great time to refresh and practice the skills learned over the past school year.  It's important to keep skills sharp.  Here are some resources that are helpful and fun.


According to studies at Johns Hopkins University, students lose an average of 2.6 months of math skills during the summer months. Below are some summer math activities that you can do at home to reduce the summer learning loss.

Summer Math Challenge
MetaMetrics® is trying to stop this loss in math skills by offering the Summer Math Challenge. The Summer Math Challenge is a free, six-week, email-based, math skills program for students who have finished second through fifth grades. As a part of the program, parents receive daily emails with fun, targeted activities and resources to help children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge begins Monday, June 19th, and runs until Friday July 28th. For more information, including how to encourage your students to participate in the Summer Math Challenge, visit

Xtra Math

  • Continue practicing fact fluency that was started during the school year.  Please visit:   

  • Grades K- 2 Keep working on addition and subtraction

  • Grade 3  Start working on basic multiplication facts

  • Grade 4 Start working on basic division facts 

Study Island 

  • Continue to practice and get ahead while having fun. Students know their user names and passwords. 


Alamance County Public Library
Summer Reading Programs are available at the Alamance County Public Libraries. This 6 weeks program is designed to keep students excited about reading.  Read each day and you can win fun prizes. Register at your local library or online:

Burlington Royals
The Burlington Royals and Alamance County Public Libraries have partnered together to challenge the community to read ONE MILLION MINUTES this summer! They are seeking to create a culture of reading in Alamance County by encouraging and modeling good reading habits to help our children develop a love of reading and lifelong learning.  It is well known that reading is connected to academic and economic success, but it also increases social and civic awareness while helping to instill positive personal and social behavior. During the months of June, July and August everyone is encouraged to read and log their minutes. Please help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 minutes this summer!

Prizes are available for every child each time they read 90 minutes and for adults will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card each time they read 250 minutes!

Barnes and Nobles
Read 8 books and record them in a reading journal in order to earn a FREE book.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games. Most books are read out loud, but the higher level chapter books and graphic novels are not- they are simply e-versions of the text and must be read by the student.  TumbleBooks includes fiction (all genres) and non-fiction and a small selection of non-fiction videos.  If you child has forgotten their username and password, please contact your teacher or school for login information.

Study Island 
Continue to practice and get ahead while having fun. Students know their user names and passwords.  


Some more summer writing/journal ideas for kids:

  1. What’s the most important thing you would like to do this summer?

  2. Summertime great for the outdoors. Go for a walk.  Write a sentence about the walk you went on.

  3. What is your favorite thing to do when you play outdoors in the summer?

  4. What is your favorite thing to do when you play inside? Why do you play inside in the summertime?

  5. If you could go on a summer vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  6. Make a list of groceries that you think mom or dad should buy for you from the store.

  7. Tell about an animal you would like to have for a pet.

  8. What would you do if there was a dragon stuck under your bed?

  9. What is the funniest thing that you have ever seen?

  10. What is something you would like to learn more about?

  11. What kind of pet do you think a teacher should get for their classroom?

  12. What is the best movie you have ever seen?

  13. Tell about your most favorite book.

  14. Tell about your favorite holiday. Explain why it is your favorite.

  15. Tell about your favorite restaurant. Why is it your favorite?

  16. Write a poem about what you think next school year will be like.

  17. What is something you love about yourself and why?

  18. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be and why?

  19. Make a list of the things you are most thankful for in your life.

  20. Which season do you like the most?? Why??

  21. Which season do you like the least, why????

  22. You just won $1,000,000. What are you going to do first?

  23. Tell about a time when you were kind to someone.

  24. Tell about your favorite song.

  25. Write a story about the mysterious zizzybaloobuh that you just found in your bathtub.

  26. What is something that makes you ANGRY!!!!! and why?

  27. Tell about your favorite sport.

  28. Tell about the last time you cried.

  29. What are you scared of and why?

  30. You found a magic wand! What would you do with it?

  31. Tell about your favorite food and why it is so good.

  32. Have a family member write something about you in your journal today.

  33. What would happen to you if you never went to school?

  34. In first grade (or second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth grade…), I want to learn about…

  35. This is a list of things I like to do when I can’t watch television or play video games.

  36. What would you like to say to President Obama?

  37. If a cat or dog could talk, what would they say?


GSK Science in the Summer™
GSK Science in the Summer™ is a free science education program that helps elementary school children “grow into science.” Through classes held in public libraries and other community-based organizations, the program gets kids excited about learning science with hands-on experiments.

Study Island 
Continue to practice and get ahead while having fun. Students know their user names and passwords.