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) to work on reading, math, and other subjects they have an 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
- How to Beat the Summer Slide
- Parent Toolkit
Websites & Resources For Educational Learning
- Reading Rockets
- 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
- Foreign Language Games '
- The 6 Best Language Learning Apps for Kids
- Fun Learning Language Apps for Kids
- 10 Best Language Learning Apps for Kids
- The 11 Best Language Learning Apps and Websites for Kids
- IXL - supports English, math, science, and social studies
- RAZ kids
- Time For Kids
- Newsela-free version for upper elementary
- Commonlit.org - leveled articles and quizzes!
- Really Great Reading (Fluency, word lists, spelling, etc.) K-2
- K-3 “Read with Me At Home”
- RMPBS video lessons & practice packets