Summer is upon us, the kids are getting out of school and that means a lot of fun, but also a ton of free time for the kids! While I do believe summer should be fun and it is a vacation for the kids from school, I also know that kids can be at risk for what’s called summer slip or summer learning loss. Statistics show that an average student loses 2 months of reading and math skills over the summer.
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Summer Learning Loss Prevention Schedule
Summer learning loss, aka summer slide, can be prevented by following a simple summer learning schedule. Having your children spend just one hour a day will prevent summer slide and have them prepared for school in the fall. I have created an easy to follow schedule that hits all the major subjects. I have also included a tracking chart that can be used to track how many days your child did their summer learning. You can tie this to small rewards to make it more fun for your child. Things like an ice cream treat if you completed all the days in a week, or a fun outing if your child completed 75% of the month’s work. (As a bonus have them figure out what 75% would be!) Just click on the graphic below to get your free summer learning schedule and tracking sheets. Keep reading for resources in each of the subjects, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Spelling, and Art.
Reading is key to educational development and preventing the summer slide. That’s why reading is included every day on the summer learning schedule above. Make sure to get books your child likes, even if you don’t like what they are reading or you think it may be too easy or hard for him/her. This will help alleviate any struggle to get your kids to read. To keep them interested, make trips to the local library. This is always a fun field trip for the kids and they get to change books at no cost to you! Many libraries also have incentive programs for the kids. If they read so many books over the summer, they get a coupon book or something similar. Make sure to check with your local library to find out what incentive programs they might have.
The Scholastic website has some great resources to keep your kids reading, and their prices on books are usually pretty good.