Curbing the Summer Slump

reading-with-bike.jpgToday, Sheri shares the inspiration behind a cool series we're kicking off on curbing the summer slump:

School is out for the summer and parents no doubt are gearing up (or are already geared up) for days filled with play dates, lazy afternoons at the beach, camp carpools, and pool parties. And while I love enjoying all of these things with my son, as a teacher, I'm also attuned to figuring out fun ways to help my son curb the summer academic slump. Teachers and kids work so hard to learn through the year -- and even a little upkeep will help prevent kids from losing ground academically during the two months out of the classroom.
As background: Statistics indicate that students who do not engage in enriching activities for the mind will lose a lot more than most parents think. All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months. Reading can take a nose dive more than two levels in the two months out of the structured environment that school provides. These statistics are not as dependent upon socioeconomics or location as many might think. While there are many theories as to why the learning loss occurs, the summer slide is not one that parents should take lightly.

Starting today and over the coming weeks, I'll share enriching activities that you can easily implement this summer. Some may be familiar and some are hopefully new. These strategies are simple to implement and will make a difference for your child! If you've got questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share in the comments!

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Sheri's 1st post: READING
Sheri's 2nd post: MATH
Sheri's 3rd post: SOCIAL STUDIES
Sheri's 4th post: WRITING
Sheri's 5th post: SCIENCE

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