Summer slide or summer learning loss is a serious and very real issue. Did you realize that is it estimated that two months of reading skills are lost over the summer and that it can take up to two months from the first day of school for a student to get back on track? “Brain drain” has lasting repercussions that can impact a student’s long-term academic performance and it is our job as parents to fight back and defeat the summer slide.
Perhaps your child loves to read, play in the great outdoors, or enjoys a bit of tech time, there are several options that will help promote learning over the summer break. The warmer weather is gone before we know it and those dreaded back to school shopping days are upon us, now is the time to start planning now what activities you can use to avoid the summer slide.
Here are a few parent tested and approved tips can help defeat the summer slide and incorporate reading into your summer plans.
- Take a tour your local library, grab a membership card and checkout a few books your child selects.
- Pack the sunscreen and a book on an adventure to the park or beach.
- Get hands on and read a chapter in the morning (or have them read to you) before breakfast. Then have an discussion about what was learned. Maybe make it a guessing game of what will happen next.
- Take an education themed roadtrip.
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