Somali FAQ

Do you recommend that my student participates?
Yes. We strongly recommend that all students currently in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade participate in this program.

When do I pick up my materials for this program?
June 12 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. we will distribute summer learning materials at Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop and Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Morris Park.

Will there be support from Hiawatha Academy school staff?
Yes. There will be network support staff dedicated to supporting this program. The network support staff will reach out proactively if they see your students are stuck on any of the programs or if their participation has slowed. Amplify Reading has a robust support line in multiple languages and can be reached at (800) 823-1969. ST math has a robust support line in multiple languages and can be reached at: (888) 491-6603. If you have questions about the program, please call (612) 460-1721 or email‬.

What if we can’t commit to 5 days a week or we can’t commit to 2 hours per day, can we still participate?
No. We ask that if you enroll in this program you commit to 5 days per week. There is flexibility in which days you choose each week, so if something comes up and you need to move the learning to another day you can do so. Additionally, the 2 hours of learning can be broken up throughout the day and each task can be completed separately.

Can my child complete the 2 hours of learning activities throughout the day or do they need to be done all at once?
You can break up the components and complete them throughout the day. Here is a sample schedule that you can use to structure the day:


  • 7:00-8:00: Wake up, morning routines, breakfast
  • 8:00-8:30: Amplify Reading on computer
  • 8:30-8:50: Handwriting Practice in workbook
  • 8:50-11:00: Playtime outside
  • 11:00-12:00: Chores, afternoon routines, lunch


  • 12:00-12:30: ST Math practice on computer
  • 12:30-12:50: Independent Reading with books or with Epic on computer
  • 12:50-5:00: Regular Summer Activities
  • 5:00-6:00: Dinner and conversation as a family
  • 6:00-7:30: Chores & evening routines
  • 7:30-7:50: Read aloud as a family with books or with Epic on computer
  • 8:00 Bedtime

What content will be covered in each essential component?
Learning will cover essential knowledge from the current grade. Our goal with summer learning is to address prerequisite knowledge for subsequent grades. That said, both Amplify reading and ST Math are adaptive and as students master prerequisite knowledge they will automatically advance to more challenging content. Conversely, because the programs are adaptive, if students have unfinished prerequisite knowledge the programs will support addressing these gaps.

As a family member, how do I help my child succeed with each component of the program?
We have tutorials on our website for family members that walk you through the purpose of the component, how to set it up with your child, and how to support them to do their best learning.

Why are we doing handwriting for all students? My student already knows how to write all their letters.
We have evidence to suggest that there is no “ceiling” for student handwriting quality. Handwriting quality can be improved for all students. We also are responding to the research that shows attending to handwriting helps students develop letter recognition and phonemic awareness and helps them build intrinsic self-monitoring skills. If your student is already comfortable with their handwriting, encourage them to use this opportunity to make their handwriting even better!

2 hours seems like a lot of time to spend each day over the summer. Doesn’t my student need a break?
We think this program will be highly engaging and a great way for students to fill time at home during social distancing. There is a lot of research in psychology to suggest that children thrive when they are engaged in stimulating tasks. Often, what leads students to be dissatisfied is when they have very little to do over the summer. This will be a great way to keep students engaged and learning all summer! We are looking into options to continue this program at Hiawatha every summer and to broaden the grades served.

What if I want my student to spend longer?
Because this program is largely screen-based we recommend sticking to the recommended times. If you have access to non-screen based texts, there is no limit to the amount of independent and family reading you engage in. As long as students enjoy the process of independent reading and reading as a family, feel free to increase the time. Additionally, a big part of developing reading ability is developing content knowledge. Therefore, if you have more time available to engage your child in learning, we recommend using the non-screen-based learning activities organized by grade on our website. These activities are excellent ways to develop your child’s content knowledge and support your child to thrive in school!