Did you know??? Students can experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. On average, students lose the equivalent of two months of math and reading skills during the summer months. This is often referred to as the "Summer Slide". This summer, let’s work to change that! Together, parents, guardians, and community members can help give our children the best foundation for the upcoming school year.
Here are 10 Things you Can do to Help Avoid the Summer Slide
Read EVERY day! Read non-fiction, fiction, ebooks, poetry, newspapers and read out loud! For most children, twenty minutes is an appropriate amount of time to read for a child who is an independent reader. Visit the local library and inquire about special reading programs or opportunities for your child.
Cook with your children. This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Let your child design the menu too! Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook.
Plant a garden. Your child will gain responsibility and pride as they watch their plants grow and thrive.
Take a field trip to a museum, zoo or local park with walking trails. Keep a journal about your travels.
Learn a new word each week! Hang it on the fridge and see who can use it the most times throughout the week.
Enroll in a quality summer program that will provide your child with opportunities to build their critical thinking skills.
Play quick games with flashcards like Math War or Concentration to keep math skills sharp.
Listen to Audio Books during car trips.
Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook.
Did I mention READ?! If your child does nothing else this summer make sure he/she is reading!