Preventing Summer Slide

4fe09d91e31c3.preview-620Ever hear of “summer slide”?  It’s a phenomena  that has been happening for …. well, forever.  It is the fact that student seem to lose a degree of their reading comprehension abilities, math skills and other content knowledge over the long summer break from school.  You can blame the scorch of the sun or the chlorine in the pool, or you can the research behind why it happens, but the real question is what are you going to do to stop it? 

The answer is pretty simple, really.  Keep your child using those skills.  Even just a few minutes a day with a book or in math practice will do the trick  – and this blog can help!  Check the resources section for posts about lots of different programs, many of which are FREE, that you can use at home to keep your child from losing the progress he or she has made over the last year.  The number one place I’d recommend starting is with the Achieve 3000 Summer Reading Contest.  All Southwest Parke students that just finished grades 3-12 already have accounts that will remain active through the summer months.

If your child isn’t too excited about the idea of continuing the work they were doing in school, make it more fun!  Go to the library and let him or her pick out some books.  No pressure, no test… just reading for the love of reading.  It will go a long way if you model that love of reading too, Mom and Dad!   Don’t forget math, either.  There are tons of great math gaming websites that will have your kid begging to practice math skills without even realizing it!

So… have a great summer full of family fun, but don’t forget to take a few minutes each day to keep those skills sharp.  You’ll be amazed at the difference when next school year starts.

Here are some articles to help you prevent academic loss in your son or daughter this summer!

How To Make Summer Reading Effective

10 Ways To Prevent Summer Slide

Stop Summer Academic Loss

  Don’t Fall Back:  Summer Literacy Acceleration


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  1. […] Preventing Summer Slide This blogger explains the phenomenon known as “summer slide” and explores how it can be prevented. […]


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