Learning Bags and Summer School Programs Keep Young Minds Engaged

CAMDEN, N.J., May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Catapult Learning, a leading provider of instructional intervention and professional development solutions, today announced the availability of its 2019 Student Learning Bag & Lending Library Catalog, offering a cost-effective way to supply students with engaging books and activities that encourage learning through the summer. Summer Journey is a ready-made, fully-managed summer school program with half- and full-day options. Learning Bags and Summer Journey programs both combat the “summer slide.” Research* shows the average student loses one to three months of learning over the summer.

Engage students in learning at home
With 25 themed topics to choose from, Learning Bags promote literacy development and an enthusiasm for learning. Theme topics range from areas including social and emotional learning, bilingual education, and exposure to a diverse range of genres, and can be used as a supplement to summer programming or for at-home learning.

Curated for five grade bands – K−1, 2−3, 4−5, 6−8, 9−12 – options include Reading Bags, which motivate children to read for pleasure while building their literacy and comprehension skills, and Activity Bags, designed to engage children through exploratory learning. Texts in Reading Bags are designed to spark students’ curiosity and help them become proficient and fluent readers. Materials in the Activity Bags guide students in learning how to gather information about the world, explore ideas, ask questions, engage in an inquiry-based process to find answers, problem solve in new and exciting ways, and connect classroom learning to real-world experiences. Family Tip Sheets tailored to each bag theme offer guidance on how to optimize children’s learning experiences.

“Keeping students engaged in academics while school is out is critical to preventing summer learning loss,” said Michal Kisilevitz, Catapult Learning’s senior vice president of education. “Our team applies years of experience in the classroom to develop programs and resources to ensure students receive the best support. For us, success is when students are engaged and excited to continue strengthening and developing skills during break.”

Choose from a variety of themes to complement the interests of your students
Reading Bags feature a variety of themes, including diversity, STEM, financial literacy, social & emotional learning, and many more, and range in price from $35−$100. Activity Bags explore topics such as science, math, STEM, creativity, and reading games, and range in price from $35−$155. Versions of bags, curated with the cultural preferences of Catholic and Jewish school partners in mind, are also available.

Learning Bags help to:

  • Establish regular at-home learning routines
  • Engage additional family members in students’ education
  • Show parents/guardians how to help their children connect classroom learning to what is happening in the real world
  • Build awareness of the world through a breadth of books and activities

The 2019 catalog also provides information on how schools or districts can customize student reading and lending libraries that address schools’ specific needs and support small group and individual reading instruction. Catapult Learning also offers teacher lending libraries, which provide up-to-date resources covering industry best practices. To download the 2019 Student Learning Bag & Lending Library Catalog, visit https://catapultlearning.com/learningbagcatalog.

Turnkey summer school programs keep young minds active
Another offering from Catapult Learning to help combat summer learning loss is Summer Journey, a ready-made, fully-managed summer school program with half- and full-day options.

It can be difficult to keep students engaged and enthusiastic about learning over the summer months, making the return to school in the fall a challenge. Designed to provide a turnkey solution for school districts, Summer Journey helps students keep pace academically while offering summer job opportunities for staff members. It includes:

  • Flexible implementation
  • Lessons that engage students in hands-on cooperative activities
  • Systematic and explicit instruction to reinforce essential skills
  • Research-based curriculum to support struggling learners with foundational skills

Click here for more information on summer programs from Catapult Learning.

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