For students, this is the most exciting time of the year. The end of May means school is ending, and it’s a start to a summer filled with fun activities, hanging out with friends, time with family, playdates, jumping in the pool, traveling, extra sleep, and running up the grocery bill. For some, it can also mean two months without any academic instruction. And, while a summer without academics may sound enjoyable, not being engaged in learning during those two months can cause a significant impact on a child, including learning loss and lower test scores.
“My child had a long year. They are tired, and need a break.”
Parents, trust me! I get it. I’m not saying I want you to create elaborate lessons plans for your child to follow during the summer, I am just asking you to be intentional about learning. Keeping your child engaged at least one hour a day can cut down on summer learning loss. The summer slide can be detrimental to children if they are not engaged in academics over the summer. Doing this will eliminate the alarming statistics below:
Over 2.5 of math skills are lost over the summer.
2 months of reading skills are lost over the summer.
By 6th grade, students can lose up to 18 months of learning due to summer learning loss.
Because of summer learning loss, children spend 6 weeks of school relearning material from the previous grade.
By the 5th grade, summer learning loss puts children 72 weeks behind their peers.
2/3 of summer learning loss accounts for the 9th-grade achievement gap in reading.
The goal is for every child to be successful and to cut down on summer learning loss. Creating a plan for your child over the summer can become a little overwhelming, so I wanted to give you a few tips to help you.
- Spend at least 3-5 hours a week engaged in academics to avoid the summer slide.
- Visit your local library to check out books and read with your child every day.
- Enroll your child in a quality summer academic camp/program. If you are in Atlanta, GA, visit educationallyspeaking.net to enroll your child in our Out of the Box Summer Program.
- Sign your child up for Get Georgia Reading. It’s a free program that gives students access to thousands of books over the summer.
- Visit FREE reading websites, Read Theory, EasyCBM, and Read Works.
- Sign up for Khan Academy so that your child can practice math skills.
- Create a daily schedule for your child to follow during the summer. It creates a routine, gives them responsibility, and keeps them engaged in academics.
- Travel. The best way to learn is outside of the classroom. Take pieces of your child’s curriculum and give them that real-world experience.
- Encourage creative writing or journaling.
- Limit video games, TV, and tablets. I know it’s the summer, but instead of your child sitting in front of a screen, let them use that time to read, write, solve word problems, or be creative.
Summer can still be fun for your child, and you, too. It’s all about the approach. Use this time to bond with your children while assisting them with their work so that they won’t lose what they’ve learned in 9 months in a few weeks.