In the article, Slowing the Summer Slide, by Lorna Smith, she states: In a comprehensive analysis published by the RAND Corporation, McCombs and colleagues (2011) note that elementary students' performance falls by about a month during the summer, but the decline is far worse for lower-income students.
What Can You Do to Help Your Child Over the Summer?
- Schedule time each day (20-30 minutes) working on reading, math and other subjects they have interest in.
- There are many resources online for your child to engage in and most are free.
- Don't "hope" that your child will do these on their own...supervise their efforts and reward them at the end of the week.
- Get out and have fun with your children: museums, road trips, family game night, cooking and read together!
Ideas for Parents
- 10 Ways to Prevent the "Summer Slide"
- 7 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss
- 12 Fun Ways to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss
- Summer Slide and the Importance of Reading over the Summer
- Summer Learning Day Resources for Families
Websites & Resources For Educational Learning
- Reading Rockets
- 8 Resources to Prevent Summer Learning Loss
- Khan Academy-Free and offers missions for grade level learning
- Scholastic Summer Reading
- The 11 Best Educational Websites for Kids
- 20 Educational Websites for Kids That are Also Free
- 10 Best Educational Websites for Kids
- Appropriate for Middle School Aged Youth
- 100 Great Resources for Middle School Students