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Summer Learning

Summer Math

Just like reading, regular practice over the summer with problem solving, computation and math facts will maintain and strengthen the mathematical gains you made over the school year. We would actually prefer if mathematics was as entwined in our everyday thinking as reading is. This article highlighting a Harvard study, offers the specifics of four ways to integrate math into the fun of summer.

Highlight the math in everyday activities.

Read short math stories together.  Go to BedTime Math for some ideas to incorporate math into your daily family routines.

Play math games.  Have a family game night with games like Yahtzee, Racko, Blokus, and Monopoly or go to Greg Tang's Website to find some great ones.  These all rely on skills necessary for math, such as counting, categorizing, and building. Even playing with blocks and assembling jigsaw puzzles can help kids learn spatial skills and recognize patterns.

Find small ways to practice math at home. Our Summer Math Passport, linked below, is a fun way for families to engage with mathematics. Please read this letter explaining the program!

Parents play a big role in children’s belief about math.  There is no need for math to be a chore in the summer. Click here for some advice to encourage your child’s positive math experience and  ENJOY the math in the world around us!


Click here for links to the summer learning passports for students entering grades K-6!

Entering Kindergarten 

Entering Grade 1 

Entering Grade 2

Entering Grade 3

Entering Grade 4

Entering Grade 5

Entering Grade 6


Summer Reading

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are. - Mason Cooley

At a time of social distancing, this quote couldn’t be more fitting.  Providing children with books allows them to learn about the world from the comfort of home, teaches them about empathy, and provides them with the opportunity to use skills gained throughout the school year.  Reading has an endless list of benefits. 

Elementary School

We recognize that this summer may provide new challenges in getting books.  In order to support families, Wallingford Public Schools and Wallingford Public Librarians have created a website with virtual resources.   This website is filled with tutorials, book lists, and collections of free digital books. 

This year’s program Outside of the Box: Read, Make, Grow for grades K-6 combines the traditional task of trying to read 600 minutes over the summer months with some other challenges in areas such as kindness, getting kids moving, and local adventures.  Students can register for the program online.  Once registered, students can track their progress online.  If families prefer, a copy of the program can be printed instead (English, Spanish).

 Please read this letter for all of the details on the Summer Reading program for students K-6!

Middle and High School

Incoming sixth graders have the option to participate in the Outside of the Box: Read, Make, Grow program (see details outlined above).

Our middle and high school librarians have been working closely with the Wallingford Public Library to encourage students to keep reading books that they will enjoy throughout the summer.  They have created Summer Reading websites to help students select titles, connect to the Teen Summer Program Outside the Box: A Summer Healing Program  being offered by the Wallingford Public Library, and ways for students to locate copies of the books they are interested in reading.  The websites for each school are linked in below.  

Summer Reading Letter for middle and high school students.

As part of the Wallingford STEM initiative, this summer the Wellness and Science and Technology departments are collaborating to bring you Train Like An Astronaut summer learning activities.

How can you and your family participate?

1. Download the GooseChase iOS or Android app.

2. Register for one personal account for your family with a username & password of your choice. Or log in from last year.

3. Search for and click "Train Like A Wallingford Astronaut".

Each challenge provides directions on what you will do to participate. You can participate in one, some, or all of the challenges. Post your pictures to the app so we can see how many activities you have completed.

Enjoy the summer, and have fun training!