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Preventing Summer Slide

Preventing Summer Slide - Grown Ups Magazine - Follow these three do-at-home tricks to keep your kids on track for the next school year.
“No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!” may sound like a great summer, but that attitude can lead to difficulties when school begins again in the fall.

Preventing Summer Slide - Grown Ups Magazine - Follow these three do-at-home tricks to keep your kids on track for the next school year.

“No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks!” may sound like a great summer, but that attitude can lead to difficulties when school begins again in the fall.

Summer slide refers to the lack of educational skills that occurs over summer vacation, and it’s a very real problem. In fact, studies show that kids who don’t practice any academic skills over summer break can lose up to three months of academic progress by the time school resumes. Children who struggle academically are at particular risk; if they left school behind their peers, backsliding over the summer months can put them even further behind.

The good news is that it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to prevent summer slide. While some experts advise hosting summer school themed units at home during the summer, the solutions are actually much easier.

  1. Six books for success: Reading six books over the course of the summer is all it takes to maintain reading practice and prevent regression of reading skills. The only rule is that the books need to be on the child’s reading level—not too easy, and not too hard. Libraries often host summer reading programs that offer prizes and incentives for kids to read.
  2. Read every day: Reading must be practiced every day. Magazines, comic books, newspapers, schedules, recipes, and even cereal boxes all count toward daily reading practice.
  3. Read aloud to your child: Children’s listening vocabulary and reading ability do not merge until eighth grade, making the practice of reading aloud to your child one of the most important things you can do to help your child be successful.

Summers can be jam-packed with activities, events, opportunities, and distractions. But taking time to make reading important will help your child reap major rewards academically. Find ways to fit reading naturally in your day-to-day routine and above all, make reading fun.

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  • Angela Todd

    I made my eldest (now 11) do three simple 1-page book reports each of the last three summers. Last year he was really angry about it, though, so I’m glad to have this helpful guide!

  • Sadie

    We’ve slacked in this area, definitely gotta pick it up!

  • Jen Leeman

    I just talked to my daughter about this today. A grueling year just ended and she got straight A’s all year. I told her she can play as much as she wants this summer as long as she reads every day. I love the idea of establishing a quota, and I’m going to introduce the 6 books concept to her.

  • I try to stay on top of this. We read all summer long and I try to do different activities with them everyday.

  • Good tips. I always kept my children busy with library programs, getting a jump on reading the school list for the next year, and taking an online course for fun. We should never take a break from true learning. Thanks.

  • Katie Hale

    Love these tips!! We always try to work education into our summer vacations. Just to help keep momentum going.

  • Krystle Kouture

    We have been doing a lot of reading this summer! Glad to hear you think its beneficial as well.

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    We read and do math daily. I definitely believe that as a Parent if you don’t keep your children consistently reading, writing, etc they can definitely regress. That is why I have my children in a school that has a balanced calender. Shorter summers but the retention of information is great!

    Great tips as usual!!

  • Taylor S

    Summer reading is one of my favorite activities! My daughter is super young but we read to her anyway in hopes that she’ll pick up my love of reading 🙂

  • notageek4u

    Really great ideas to get the educational process and thinking going. My sister does a lot of these with her kids, especially the summer reading.

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