Summer Brain Drain – We’ve known this for HOW long? is a guest post written byDonna Lasinski, the creator of the ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program.

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At, we love ThinkStretch — their website and their products!

Now, from Donna–


The first study on summer learning loss was completed in 1906.  It demonstrated that students who did not read or practice math over the summer lost approximately 2 months of learning.

One hundred years later, in 2006, these results were duplicated by Alexander et. al.

I created the ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program to stop summer brain drain with my three sons and their friends.  I cherish my time exploring and having fun with my sons, but I do not want my kids to have to spend September re-learning skills they had already mastered.

The ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program focuses on maintaining secure skills through out the summer.  With 20 minutes of free reading daily and short quick bursts of math fact practice, ThinkStretch provides enough review without taking away from the joy of summer.

ThinkStretch Summer Learning Kits

Every student kit includes a grade specific workbook, parent guide to summer and an achievement medal.

  • Eight weekly lessons contain a reading log, writing exercise, math review and hands on science or math bonus activity
  • Grade-specific summer learning books from Pre-K to 7th grade align with the Common Core State Standards (I know homeschoolers pride themselves in going beyond the Core–this is certainly possible with ThinkStretch!)
  • Achievement medal rewards students for completing their books
  • Parent Guide to Summer supports families with extra activities, reading guides, answer keys and parent shared ideas

Want to know more?  You can–

Sign up for the Summer Fun Newsletter with free weekly activities at

Peek inside a ThinkStretch Summer Workbook at

Download a free ThinkStretch Sample book at

Order a ThinkStretch Workbook Kit for your student at !

And if you’d like to know more about Donna,  you can visit her personal site at

Thank you Donna!

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