As the school year comes to an end, students get excited about relaxing, having fun and enjoying the warmer weather. As they hit the playground and run for the slide, their memory and learnings from the school year begin to slide. So how do we prevent “slide” over the summer?
“In their overview of the summer slide, Quinn and Polikoff offer a few key facts:
Learning and achievement are perishable. The average student loses a month of academic-calendar learning each summer.
The impact of the summer slide contributes to a more pronounced achievement gap.
Research has found a link between socioeconomic status and the loss of reading skills experienced over the summer.
Studies show older students lose more over the summer than younger ones.
Students see greater academic dips in math than in reading.”1
Here are some things that can be done to slow the knowledge “slide”:
Head to the library. Read, read, read… select a book that interests the child. Reading improves English capabilities and increases word knowledge. Reading can be interactive by having discussions with the family – providing summaries or reading together for the younger ones. As writing is being more emphasized in school, a short book summary could be written to keep up the practice.
Keep the communication going. In addition to reading with the child or reviewing books together, communicate with your children. Ask about their day, incorporate items that are being studied – colors, letters, numbers, animals, history, civics, etc. Connect with an instructor or educational coach to provide support.
Complete work over summer. There are many options to get assigned work over summer break. Schools or libraries may supply summer projects. Also many after-school supplemental educational programs offer assignments for summer.
Do work at home. While there are many options to do homework over the summer, utilizing online versions of programs can be very supportive. The more interactive, the more likely children will spend some of their summer break doing online studies at home.
Implementing a strategy can prevent the “slide” of your child’s knowledge over summer. Contact your local Eye Level Center to discuss how their summer programs can help.
Ariel Goldberg, 2018, What Summer Slide Actually Means-and 5 Ways to Fight it