Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Luetta Monson

Second Committee Member

Andrea Bowman

Third Committee Member

Osman Alawiye


A literature review was conducted about academic learning loss during summer break. The literature search indicated that reading and math skills were most affected, and test scores in these areas decreased after a long summer break. Literature about the benefits of a looping program was also reviewed. The literature showed that this kind of program allowed for strong student-teacher relationships to be developed, increased the teacher's knowledge about their students' strengths and weaknesses, and decreased the amount of time reviewing skills at the beginning of the school year. The purpose of this project was to develop a summer curriculum for students looping from first to second grade. The curriculum consists of reading and math activities that will be intended to help maintain academic skills in these areas over the summer break. An incentive program, parent involvement, and teacher follow up will be used as accountability in student participation. Students will also be self-monitoring while doing independent math and reading activities.