Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2003

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Andrea Bowman

Second Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

Andrea C. Sledge


Literature pertaining to summer learning loss was reviewed, including summer learning programs and year-round education. Summer programs and year-round education were looked at as possible solutions to summer learning loss. The research indicated a significant loss of academic skills over the summer months while students are not in school. Summer enrichment programs proved to be successful in helping students retain academic knowledge and skills. The literature review revealed inconclusive results in the effectiveness ofyearround education on student achievement. A summer activity packet was created for students preparing to enter the second grade. The focus of this packet was on reading, writing and math skills through daily activity suggestions to do at home along with community activities to participate in that also enhance the reading, writing and math skills in a real-world context. The goal of this enrichment packet was to keep students actively engaged in activities that would help them be better prepared for second grade and reduce summer learning loss.