“Summer slide” is when students lose some of the academic achievements that they have gained over the school year. This tends to happen when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.Children could possibly fall behind if they are not engaged in educational activities throughout the summer months.
Here are some helpful tips for you to mix into your summer plans:
- Go to the public library to choose books that interest your child, then spend time reading them. When kids read books that interest them, achievement is usually higher.Even reading 4-6 books over the summer can prevent the loss of skills.
- Start a summer journal with your child. They can write about things that interest them or journal about their summer adventures.You can even write letters or notes back and forth to each other!
- Find fun ways to practice math facts. Look for games to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts. For the younger grade levels practice money and time skills.
- Visit local museums.
- Limit screen time. Research has shown that kids over 2 years of age should have no more than 1-2 hours of screen time a day.This includes computers, television, and any other electronic device your child may use.
- Encourage outdoor play. Go to the park, sign your child up for summer sports, or go for family bike rides or walks.