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Keep Learning All Summer Long

Written by Erica Clay on Thursday, 30 June 2016. Posted in Posts

According to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services, "Summer vacation is one of the predominant causes of the achievement gap in America's schools. While middle- and higher-income children spend their summers engaged in activities and enrolled in programs that strengthen and reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to such opportunities. By the time school begins each year, low-income children's lack of access to enriching summer activities results in their falling weeks, if not months, behind their more advantaged peers."

Ohio's PreK-12 children can access INFOhio's learning resources all year long, including during the summer months. When you and your students are at school, you probably don't need to log into the INFOhio website. If a child is at home, at daycare, at the public library, or on a mobile device at the beach, she might need to know the INFOhio username and password. Send your school's INFOhio username and password home for use over the summer. Don't know your school's INFOhio username and password? Looking that up is easy! Visit https://www.infohio.org/students/er/find-my-password. Fill out the form and look for the username and password on the result screen. Encourage parents to do the same.

INFOhio provides free, downloadable "Beach Bags" full of learning activities for children. Beach Bags make it easy for students to access eBooks from INFOhio. They also include lists of related books for children to check out from their public library. Download and print them for your students, or send the link home to parents.

Most of Ohio's public libraries have a ‪Summer Reading Program‬ for children, teens, and adults. This year, many Ohio public libraries will be using the theme "Libraries Rock!"

Collaborate with a librarian from your nearest public library to make sure your students have their own public library cards that they can use when visiting the library with parents or the babysitter. To find the public library closest to you, visit the Ohio Public Library Information Network map and select your location: https://oplin.org/fal/.

Some public libraries even offer free meals to children as part of Ohio's Summer Food Program. Find the Summer Food Program nearest you using this map from the Ohio Department of Education: https://oh.cnpcares.com/summer/SfspFoodServByCnty.asp. Send the information home with all students, whether or not there's a perceived need. With a single letter home to parents, providing the INFOhio username and password, the link INFOhio's summer learning activities, information on your public library's summer reading program, and the location of the nearest Summer Food Program site, you'll be ensuring that all Ohio students have a healthy, fun, and productive summer!

About the Author

Erica Clay

Erica Clay

Erica Clay has been an Integration Librarian for INFOhio since December 2013. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and an MLS from Indiana University. Prior to working with INFOhio, Erica worked in academic libraries, as the Humanities Librarian at Wright State University and the Library Director at University of Northwestern Ohio. She has more than 10 years of work experience in education, including teaching PreK and K-8 music. As an ILibrarian, Erica works closely with INFOhio's college and career readiness initiatives, providing resources and instructional support for educators who are working to make sure their students meet Ohio's Learning Standards and Ohio's Graduation Requirements.

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