Summer Learning

Replace summer slide with summer success.

Summer slide can sweep away months of learning. The good news is, School Specialty offers resources for Science, English Language Arts, and Math that can help keep your students engaged this summer — and turn that slide upside down.

School’s out: The impact of summer slide

In grades 1–8, the average student loses 17–34% of the year’s learning gains during summer break — and students who lose ground in one summer are more likely to surrender even more in later ones. By the end of middle school, students may lose up to half of what they’ve learned.   See Report

Source: Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) study, American Educational Research Journal, May 2020.

Make their summer brighter with School Specialty programs.

School Specialty offers a wide range of supplemental curriculum solutions to:

  • Minimize summer slide when its impact is highest
  • Close learning gaps with targeted invention tools at school or home
  • Implement flexibly and efficiently when time is limited
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Science

Invite your students to apply scientific thinking to the environment around them. Our supplementary science programs engage students through hands-on, real-world experiences. From hands-on STEM curriculums to libraries of science readers, our resources support your district’s summer learning plans.

Hands-On STEM

FOSS STEM
This summer, set your students' hands and minds in motion. In FOSS STEM modules, students learn core ideas by actively investigating phenomena as scientists and engineers. They practice what they’ve learned and then solve engaging challenges, developing their skills as critical thinkers and problem solvers. Let us help you set up a program customized for your district.
ScienceFLEX
Empower your summer school students to learn science through hands-on experience. Topic-based ScienceFLEX supplementary modules blend flexible classroom-vetted activities with informational text readings. Students explore real-world phenomena through science and engineering practices, and make connections via crosscutting concepts that span the science disciplines.
Buckle Down 3D Science for the 21st Century
Model the way scientists learn about the natural world with easy-to-do hands-on science activities. Students develop an in-depth understanding of essential science and engineering concepts, so they can make sense of science content and apply it to real-world situations. Each 3D Science book covers essential topics in physical, life, and earth science, as well as engineering. Diagrams and other visual features enhance students’ understanding. Throughout the text and at the end of each lesson, probing questions provide continuous formative assessment of what they've learned.
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Science Readers:

Five Series. 98 Titles. Limitless Uses. 

Fascinating for your students and flexible for you, Delta Education science non-fiction readers are the perfect supplement for your science and literacy summer programs. Select one book series, all five, or any combination in between to reinforce science concepts while building literacy skills.

first readers
Delta Science First Readers
explore readers
Delta Explore Readers – Science
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Delta Science Readers
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Delta Science Content Readers
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ScienceFlex Readers
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ELA

English Language Arts programs from School Specialty are ideally suited for your district's summer learning needs. Our portfolio of phonics instruction, foundational skill building, skills practice, and readers can help teachers minimize the summer slide, so students of all levels grow into confident learners.

Phonics Instruction

Explode The Code Online

Instead of sliding backward, help your students gain reading proficiency three times faster with adaptive online multisensory phonics-based instruction. A systematic, sequential approach provides abundant practice and reinforcement, supported by robust reporting and progress monitoring.

EPS Phonics PLUS

Take a hands-on approach to the fundamentals of phonics. Build automaticity and fluency to help students become confident readers. Systematic, explicit direct instruction offers ample opportunities for practice and home-school connections, perfect for summer learning.

Foundational Skills

Catch Up with Coach

Find and fill gaps in the previous year's learning with an affordable yet powerful new tool that uses a four-step process to remediate and rebuild literacy skills. Print and digital formats support teaching in school or independent practice at home.

Success Coach

Maintain grade-level skills over the summer through active targeted instruction and two-level practice. Success Coach STAR Digital Companion monitors progress, then differentiates your ELA instruction using curated content based on assessment results to awaken every student’s potential.

Common Core Clinics

Promote student achievement through rigorous, relevant content that targets the foundational skills of reading, writing, and language needed to master ELA standards. This flexible program can be easily tailored to suit your summer learning instructional goals.

Skills Practice

Support Coach

Build foundational skills over the summer with an intense focus on reading comprehension for students struggling with rigorous standards. This program uses multiple genres to help students deeply understand fiction and nonfiction text through the research-based Multiple Reads Strategy.

Practice Coach PLUS

Accelerate mastery with scaffolding and guided practice that leads students through increasingly rigorous reading, writing, and language content. Organized by skills, the program’s lessons are easily incorporated into your summer learning curriculum.

Reading Comprehension in Varied Subject Matter

Build comprehension skills over the summer with this popular cross-curricular series of nonfiction passages and questions covering seven subject areas. Themes reappear in each book, making it a useful way for students of different reading levels to interact with one another.

Buckle Down

Help every student become proficient in standards-aligned ELA content, including writing practice. Students get both targeted review and extensive practice, making this a complementary resource for your summer learning curriculum.

Summer Counts!

Fight summer learning loss by motivating students through high-interest content. This best-selling series helps students retain what they've learned in the previous grade so they're ready for the next year in reading and ELA (math also available).

Readers

Decodable Readers

Foster reading skills over the summer with narrative and informational texts. Our expansive selection includes readers from proven programs such as S.P.I.R.E., EPS Phonics PLUS, Primary Phonics, the Alphabet Series, and Touchphonics.

Leveled Readers

Build a library of leveled books to provide practice with high-interest nonfiction and fiction texts, spanning all ages and reading levels. Your students will enjoy summer reading with Handprints, Making Connections, and MCI Student Library readers.

Handwriting

PAF Handwriting Program

Help your summer learning class succeed. This multisensory handwriting program is designed to teach all students, including those with graphomotor weaknesses, to write easily and legibly.
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Math

Give students not only the tools and knowledge to solve a math problem this summer, but confidence for the fall. From tutorials and engaging interactive practice to skills-targeted instruction and intervention, our portfolio of supplemental math solutions can be implemented easily during the summer months…and beyond.

Skills Practice

Math Force

Combine the power of technology with the instincts of a teacher to give students the best of both. This full-featured digital math program offers premade learning pathways that can be tailored by the teacher, meeting the summer learning needs of every student.

Buckle Down Mathematics

Ensure that every student becomes proficient in standards-aligned math content. Students get both targeted review and extensive practice that includes a manipulatives section, making this an excellent complementary resource for your summer learning curriculum.

Practice Coach PLUS

Accelerate mastery with scaffolding and guided practice that increases in rigor. Lessons are organized by skills for easy incorporation into your summer learning curriculum. Coached instruction in every lesson allows teachers to help students unpack passages as well as item questions and responses.

Summer Counts!

This best-selling series is expressly designed to combat summer learning loss by motivating students through high-interest content. Students retain what they've learned in the previous grade so they're ready for the next year's math challenges (reading and ELA also available).

Foundational Skills

Support Coach, Target: Foundational Mathematics

Give your struggling students the foundational math skills this summer to help them master the standards next year. This program focuses intensely on the prerequisite skills needed to approach grade level and the grade-level skills that build on them, giving students a deep understanding of concepts critical for success.

Catch Up With Coach

Find and fill gaps in the previous year's learning with an affordable yet powerful new tool that uses a four-step process to remediate and rebuild essential math skills. Print and digital formats support teaching in school or independent practice at home.

Success Coach

Maintain grade-level skills over the summer through active targeted instruction and two-level practice. Success Coach STAR Digital Companion monitors progress, then differentiates your math instruction using curated content based on assessment results to awaken every student’s potential.

Common Core Clinics

Meet rigorous standards with a focus on the essential skills that underlie them. This series gives you the flexibility to tailor your purchase to suit the instructional focus of your classroom, making it ideal for the time limitations of summer learning.

Solutions tailored to your summer learning plans

Ask your School Specialty representative how to customize a perfect mix of programs to support your district’s specific needs, and how to leverage the new funding options now available to you.