It’s summertime, school is out, and it’s time to relax and enjoy life a little bit. But in the backs of our minds we’re wondering: How can I make sure my kids don’t lose academic skills over the summer break? What is this Summer Slide I hear so much about?
The truth is that all kids lose some academic proficiency during the summer months. Most kids lose math skills – about two months’ worth! Kids don’t generally lose many reading skills unless they have learning problems or don’t have good learning opportunities during the summer – so we have to make sure we are providing those learning opportunities.
So what’s a parent to do? Here are some general ideas:
Next week we’ll talk about specific ideas for summer math activities. Stay tuned!