Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss with Highlights

We received sample products of the new Highlights workbooks to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own.


Summertime learning loss is a big issue for many kids. While some schools are adjusting the schedule to eliminate lengthy summer breaks, many choose to keep a traditional schedule and allow families to take advantage of the summer weather. Luckily, you can help your child prevent learning loss without sucking the fun out of summer. Traditional worksheets and homework packets are boring and don't engage children's creativity. Highlights magazine has aimed to change this with the introduction of their new line of activity books.
Highlights™ Big Fun Activity Books

Developed by Highlights experts who know how to combine learning and fun, Highlights™ Big Fun Activity Books offer an integrated approach to skill building that uniquely blends puzzles and practice activities. They include over 250 pages of imaginative puzzling, humor, and whimsical illustrations that will engage children and help them build confidence. Each book also features a rewarding certificate of completion at the end, in addition to simple tips to help parents guide their children through the activities.

  • Reinforces skills by conveying concepts through puzzles organically built into the activity

  • Superior visuals: Highlights uses a variety of illustration styles to draw kids into the activity.

  • Multi-layered experiences and cross curricular activities reinforce learning by targeting multiple skills on each page.

  • Infuses humor into the activities which encourages kids to stay in the activity longer.

What You Can Expect
Write-On, Wipe-Off Books

Write-On Wipe-Off: Let’s Write Words features reusable pages and a Highlights-branded marker (with a wipe-clean eraser) in a hidden wire-o spiral binding that lays flat. Kids love that they can write, draw, and puzzle all over these books again and again. With this workbook, kids can practice tracing and writing words while enjoying the book’s fun activities.

  • Recommended for little ones ages 3-6 years old.

  • Kids who are learning to write will enjoy this activity book’s mix of puzzle fun plus writing practice.

  • Each 2-page spread is an amusing puzzle on one side and related words to copy on the other.

  • Each write-on wipe-off page features a variety of puzzle types: Hidden Pictures® scenes, matching, mazes and more, to make it fun to write and learn sight words.

  • Parent guide on the front inside coverage gives parents tips on how to use the book so kids become more comfortable with high frequency words.

These awesome Highlights workbooks are a great way to review skills throughout the summer and prevent learning loss. Should you want some more options and ideas, we have come up with a few more to supplement and help you through the break.

Here are a few more ideas of how to help stop the summer slide:
  • Read, read, read!

  • Become regulars at the local library.

    • Sign up for the reading program or create your own summer reading rewards program for your kids. Encourage your kids to read on their own, and spend plenty of time reading with them as well.
  • Be Artistic

    • Provide your child with art supplies and access to journals/notebooks. Give them drawing prompts, as well as chances to freely put their adventures on paper.
  • Use Technology

    • Bookmark your favorite educational game sites on the computer, and maybe even grab a Netflix subscription. to let the kids watch episodes of shows like the Magic School Bus when it is just too hot to play outside.
  • Play Games

    • Grab classic and educational board games like Monopoly and Scrabble. Use these tools to help your child use basic literacy and math skills while playing on a rainy or hot day. Younger kids can benefit from games like Chutes and Ladders, Letter Bingo, Memory, and others that develop preschool skills in a fun and exciting way.
  • Start a Journal

    • Help your child start a nature journal at the start of summer where they will log observations while outside and the changes as the season progresses. Older children love the opportunity to create a journal of the summer with real photos. This is a great way to get them to work on art and writing.
  • Experiment with Science

    • Grab a book of fun and easy science experiments or a pre-made science kit with several fun projects included. Since kids don't have as many opportunities for hands-on projects, summer is the perfect time to fill in that gap. Science is a great way to kill boredom. You get kids off of electronics and into hands on learning all summer long.
  • Cook

    • Have your kids help with the cooking. Let them plan the menu and make a grocery list. Teach them about budget and money when you go shopping. Cooking with your kids is a great way to help them work on basic math and life skills, while also making lasting summertime memories together.
No matter how many of these different ideas you choose to use this summer, make it fun. Helping your kids retain a love of learning throughout vacation shouldn't be a chore. You want everyone to enjoy themselves while still holding on to what they learned during the school year. Before you know it, summer will fly by and school will be starting. Have a great time as a family and share your experiences with us on social media!

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22 thoughts on “Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss with Highlights

  • May 21, 2018 at 11:51 pm
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    Omg! I love all of the activities you suggested. I have a three-year-old and I can’t wait to do all of that with him. He just finished his summer class (playgroup) and he still asks for tracing alphabets and coloring page printables from me. I gladly provide him that. I hope to teach him a bit about the basics of reading before the new school year starts, maybe you can point me in the right direction?

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  • May 22, 2018 at 12:56 am
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    This is so important. As a teacher, I can’t stress how important it is to keep those skills up Over the summer. I am amazed each year with the students who are not able to retain things they learned from the previous year. There are many ways to keep practicing the skills and even have fun doing so. You have some great ideas in this article!

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    • May 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm
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      Yes! It is terrible to see so much progress lost over the summer and then have to review a lot of it at the beginning of the next school year.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 2:18 am
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    Oh my gosh, I remember how excited I would be to get the Highlights magazine when I was a kid. These are all such wonderful ways to keep the kids learning over the summer.

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    • May 22, 2018 at 12:24 pm
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      Me too! And they were always at the doctor’s office and library.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 2:54 am
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    Summer vacation is a time we tend to mess up the routines and lot of time it happens that kids forget the things they have done in schools.This looks like some great tips to keep the learning going.

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    • May 22, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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      So true, we let routine go during vacation and it can be detrimental.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 3:27 am
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    I love all these activities, I will share this post with my sister for my 4-year-old niece.

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    • May 22, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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      Thank you, I hope she finds it helpful!

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  • May 22, 2018 at 3:52 am
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    My daughter always loved reading through Highlights and trying to find the hidden images on the covers- so glad to see they’re still going strong! All of these ideas for summertime learning are spot on. Will definitely keep these on hand for my friends with young children.

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    • May 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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      Highlights has always done a great job entertaining kids. I love that they are branching out!

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  • May 22, 2018 at 4:42 am
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    I am going to work on cooking this summer with my kids. I realize that they don’t really do much and I think my daughter would really do better with fractions if she could apply them.

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    • May 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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      That is such a good idea. Fractions can be tricky.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 10:17 am
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    These are a great idea for kids. A great way to bridge the learning gap x

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  • May 22, 2018 at 12:36 pm
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    I love all of these ideas! It can be hard during the Summer, especially when we travel.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    This is a great idea. It’s so important to address this loss and prepare the child for the next year.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 8:18 pm
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    These are all great ideas for the Summer! My kids love the HighLights magazines. And you also picked my favorite game to play in your photo (Scrabble!) I’m going to get my kids to start playing it this summer.
    great list for avoiding the learning loss AKA Zombie brain ; )

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  • May 23, 2018 at 6:06 am
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    This post reminds me of my childhood days. I always loved vacations! No school. Just pure play. But it was also during these days that my Dad would teach me advanced lessons in Math. He would also help me read stories. And when I couldn’t understand it, he would explain what it was all about. I had lots of fun with him then! I think as a parent, you can really influence your child’s love of learning. You can incorporate learning in play. And with Highlights materials, I think that can be easier and more fun to do.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 6:48 am
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    Thank you for these tips. I also try to study all summer to prevent summer learning loss.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 9:39 am
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    Those are awesome ideas for kids! As a kid, I didn’t like any of the workbooks that has school on it. Nowadays I enjoy in all of these stuff and more. One day I would love to present my children that school doesn’t need to be not fun.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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    I remember getting Highlights when I was a kid! I always looked forward to them coming in the mail.. Sadly my kids are older now. They have always done a great job with making learning fun for kids!

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  • May 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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    I am a huge fan of activities during the summer. I love to take my niece and nephews to things that are educational but that they don’t get a chance to do during the school year!

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