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2nd Grade

Summer Learning Fun

Summer is a time to have fun and relax. However, it is a proven fact that your child should keep learning throughout the Summer in order to keep up with all the skiils that they have learned throughout the year.  

Within this guide you will find fun summer learning ideas and resources to keep your child reading, writing, problem solving and imagining throughout the Summer.  

7 Ways to make Summer Reading a NON-CHORE!

Studies show that kids read more when they see others reading*—so make time to read yourself. Curl up with a book, right where your kid can see you. 

Reading as a leisure activity is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary, and reading speed.** Remember that “reading” is not just novels; picture books, 

non-fiction, magazines, comics, and audiobooks all count

Kids often report that they have a hard time finding books that they like. If that happens, have a friend recommend books. Your kids are much more likely to 

enjoy something recommended by a friend than by a grown-up. 

Plan regular trips to the library to refresh your reading options. Bank Street Library is open Mon-Thurs 9-9:45; Fri 9-5; Sat 10-5 (August Mon-Fri 9-5). Check out your local public library, too. 

Visit bookstores for author events and storyhours, and invite friends too! Check for Bank Street Bookstore’s calendar. 

6  Make bookstore visits a treat. Give kids a set amount of money to buy a book or two, and just let it go when they choose The Day My Butt Went Psycho

7  To understand what your child may be feeling about reading-as-chore, read Summer Reading Is Killing Me (Jon Scieszka) or Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little (Peggy Elizabeth Gifford). 

*Krashen, Stephen D. The Power of Reading: Insights From the Research. Libraries Unlimited: USA, 2004. **Ibid.

Online Reading

Online News and Magazine Sources

Summer Camps USA

Parent Resources

Some of Your Librarian's Favorites

Reading Lists

Family Summer Activities

Chinese Language Summer Camps

Specialized Camps

Online Camps

Christian Value Centered Camps

Summer Camps Abroad

Picture Book of the Day

Read for the World Record

  • Log your reading reading minutes and track your stats
  • Earn rewards for reading
  • Compete with schools from around the world

Learning Games

Spelling and Reading Games


Science and Exploration

Learn to Knit

Knitting, as Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (funny knitter supreme) says “ is pure potential. Every ball or skein of yarn holds something inside it, and the great mystery of what that might be can be almost spiritual”

  • Got lengths and lengths of french knitting cord and not sure what to do with it?
  • Know how to knit with needles but need some help?
  • Want to learn how to knit with needles?

All this can be found in the "Knitting Knotes" document below. It has helpful introductions to the craft of knitting plus handy information about where to buy supplies...even where to buy yarn right here in JinQiao.

Drawing and Craft Ideas

Keyboarding Skills

Shanghai Activities & Camps