Summer Learning Opportunities and Resources for Elementary Students

  • Kershaw County School District is excited to offer these summer learning opportunities for our students. Our Academic and Education Technology Departments have been looking at the current research on what is termed the “summer loss in learning” and the findings are pretty convincing. Research indicates the following: All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Some students can lose about 2 months of reading achievement. The international average of the number of days a student attends school is 193 days. Kershaw County School District students typically attend school for 180 days during a school year; this year, as a result of the COVID-19 shelter in place, we participated in emergency remote learning from March to May. In an effort to address any skill gaps as well as help our students remain engaged academically over the summer months, we have compiled these free resources to help our students curb the summer learning loss.


  • Each year, the South Carolina Department of Education sponsors the “Read Your Way to the Big Game.” All pre-K through eighth-grade students who read six books may be entered into a contest to win football tickets! Students can use their summer reading to count toward this contest, also. So, keep a record of your child’s readings.

    All grades may participate in the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza. Contest runs until September 4.  See the Parent information sheet.

    Scholastic Home Base is a fun, safe, and completely free online destination where kids can create their own avatar, interact with their favorite Scholastic characters, play games, and read books. Home Base is moderated 24/7. Starting May 4, kids will be able to visit a special Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza zone where they can start and keep their reading streaks, earn special rewards, and more. At any point during the summer, kids can download and print a report of their reading progress to share with their parent, educator, librarian, or group leader. Home Base is available on the web at, and as an app for both Apple and Android devices.  See login instructions.