Wrong! With this way of thinking, the summer slide is viewed on too small of a scale. Don’t
simply think of the summer slide as it relates to your child’s performance during the coming
school year. Look at it in a broader sense, as it relates to lifelong learning. Though used most frequently in reference to adult learners, the term “lifelong learning” applies to our K-12 children, as well. Lifelong learning is a continuing education experience that has been proven to positively impact brain engagement, physical activity, social relationships, and character. In light of its many benefits, do you want your child to be at recess during this time? In addition to losing up to two months of math and reading skills during the summer months, children who take time off
spend up to seven hours per weekday in school. By reading for a mere fraction of this time (15
to 30 minutes a day), your child can prevent learning loss and still have lots of time to enjoy
loads of summer fun. The key is providing reading opportunities your child will enjoy. Here are
· Encourage your child to participate in summer reading programs.
· Help your child read anything and everything he or she finds interesting, even things around the house like food labels, sales flyers, recipes, and junk mail.
· Provide books that align with your child’s interests and reading level, i.e., not too easy but not too difficult.
· Read with your child and/or have your child read with friends.
· Listen to audiobooks and read signs and billboards during long drives.
· Play board games.
· Offer your child perks/incentives for reading and learning
· Asking your child’s teacher or tutor for suggested reading materials, resources, and
information on summer programs
· Setting aside special, protected time for learning
· Providing reading comprehension practice in workbooks or online
· Pinpointing and practicing concepts your child had difficulty learning the previous year
· Practicing a few math problems each day
· Taking your child on weekly trips to the library
· Having your child tell you what he or she read and learned each day
Your child has innate potential and motivation to learn. Tap into it and create an academic
achiever and lifelong learner. Don’t delay. Start today!