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Avoid the summer slide learning loss
posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - May 16th, 2023
The “Summer Slide” refers to the learning loss that can occur when students are out of school during the summer months. Research has shown that students can lose up to two months of learning over the summer, particularly in areas like math and reading. This can lead to a significant achievement gap over time.
To combat the summer slide, it’s important to engage students in educational activities throughout the summer. This can include reading, educational games, visits to museums, and participation in summer learning programs. Remember, the goal is not to turn summer into a time of stress and work, but to incorporate learning into the fun of summer. Here’s an excellent infographic of how to avoid summer slide.
Here are the top 10 things you can do with your child this summer to avoid the “summer slide”:
Establish a Reading Routine
Encourage your child to read regularly. Libraries often have summer reading programs that reward children for the number of books they read. Diversify the reading materials to include both fiction and non-fiction, and try to discuss the books with your children to improve comprehension.
Engage in Educational Activities
Plan regular educational activities that are also fun. This could include visits to museums, zoos, or historical sites. Even a nature walk can be educational if you discuss the plants and animals you encounter.
Use Online Learning Tools
There are many online learning resources available, many of which are free. Websites and apps can offer games and activities that make learning fun, and can help maintain and even improve academic skills.
Encourage Creative Writing
Have your child keep a summer journal or write letters to family members or friends. This can help maintain writing skills and also provide a creative outlet.
Play Educational Games
Board games, card games, and puzzles can help children develop critical thinking skills. Look for games that require strategy and problem-solving.
Practice Math in Daily Life
Incorporate math into everyday activities. This could be measuring ingredients for a recipe, calculating the cost of items at a store, or figuring out the time it will take to travel somewhere.
Enroll in Summer Learning Programs
Many communities offer summer learning programs or camps that focus on different areas of interest. These can provide structured learning experiences and also allow for social interaction.
Set Goals and Monitor Progress
Work with your child to set learning goals for the summer and track progress. This could be reading a certain number of books, mastering a new math concept, or learning about a particular topic of interest.
Encourage Exploration of New Interests
Summer is a great time for kids to explore new interests or dive deeper into existing ones. Whether it’s learning to play a musical instrument, exploring space through a telescope, or learning about nature, new interests can provide exciting learning opportunities.
Maintain a Balanced Schedule
While it’s important to continue learning, it’s also important for kids to relax and enjoy their summer. Ensure there’s a balance between learning activities and other fun summer activities like swimming, playing with friends, and family outings. This way, learning becomes a natural and enjoyable part of their everyday life, not a chore.