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The Summer Slide and How To Prevent It

The Summer Slide and How To Prevent It

May 10, 2017

Emily Nikolaus

Emily Nikolaus

Fourth Grade Teacher


Summer is right around the corner; we can almost smell the beach! As the end of the year approaches many people are making summer plans. Whether your family is traveling abroad, heading to the coast, or just relaxing at home we encourage you to not lose sight of the importance of LEARNING. 

Between the end of May and the start of a new school year, children are at risk of summer learning loss, also known as the summer slide.

Some children can potentially lose about two months of grade level equivalency in reading and math. In turn, teachers tend to spend the beginning of a new school year re-teaching material due to summer learning loss. 

All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities over the summer. Their learning experiences can be so much more than just reading text. There are many fun things you can do with your children over the summer like “field trips” to museums, the zoo, or even reading billboards and license plates. Set aside time this summer to help your child continue to grow!

Here are some suggestions of things you can do with your children to enrich their learning experience over the summer:

  • Set aside 20 minutes a morning three days a week to work on something educational
  • Make sure to have plenty of reading material available, like books, magazines, even the back of a cereal box!
  • Pick a book and read it together with your child
  • Go to the library or book store and let your child pick out a book of their choice
  • Read aloud to your child
  • Journal write with your child
  • Use technology to engage in fun games, and have them create something using technology
  • Cook with your children (measure, learn a new recipe)
  • Have them help you shop (stick to a budget, receive change)
  • Learn about geography (or another culture) on your summer vacation
  • Enroll your child in an educational program
  • Keep them active to encourage brain stimulation

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Check out the links below for educational ideas for this summer:

Fun Math Apps:

- Emily Nikolaus, Reading Resouce Teacher