Originally posted on the blog, Summer Nanny Jobs.
Most schools in the United States take a break from regular classes for about 10 weeks during the summer months for summer vacation. This break from school is usually a welcome occurrence for kids and teachers alike, and gives them a chance to recharge before the next school session. Unfortunately, many children will experience the “summer slide” during this extended break, where they lose about two months of their reading progress and up to 1/3 of what they learned in math. To help combat this, teachers have started to give out summer assignments that are designed to help kids retain what they learned. In addition, these 24 blogs are full of ideas and suggestions you can implement to help prevent the ‘summer slide’ in reading, math and other areas.
Joining a summer reading club at your local library can be just the encouragement your child needs to keep up with his reading skills. Many libraries even offer prizes for completing the summer reading list or for reading a specific number of books. These little incentives are often enough to get your child reading. These eight blog entries will provide you with more ideas to help stop the “summer slide” in reading.
- 5 Books to Revisit Over the Summer Whether it’s your first time to read these books or your fifth, these classic books are ones to be read again and again.
- Summer Reading and Writing Adventures This blog post is filled with fun ideas to do with your kids to help maintain and improve their reading.
- Laugh, Learn, & Live for Summer Reading Success! Read this blogger’s ideas on how to prevent the “summer slide.”
- Summer: Time to Dig in to Reading Keep the reading habit going through the summer so your kids don’t lose momentum when they go back to school in the fall.
- Stalled on Summer Learning Loss: District Offerings Dwindle Read about this summer program and see if you can find one for your child this summer.
- Patch Reads: 2013 Summer Reading List for Ages 4 to 12-Plus Take a look at this list of books for young readers.
- Avoid the Summer Slide Read all about how to prevent summer slide by reading over the summer.
The “summer slide” doesn’t just happen in reading, it happens in math too. To help prevent a regression in math skills, encourage your child to play a variety of games that will sharpen his math skills. Homemade lemonade stands are also a great way for kids to practice their math skills, and they can practice counting money and calculating profits at the end of the day. Take a look at these eight blog posts for more math activities to do with your child this summer.
- Preventing Summer Slide This blogger explains the phenomenon known as “summer slide” and explores how it can be prevented.
- May Currently & Preventing Summer Slide! Print off these worksheets to have your children work on over the summer.
- Avoid the Summer Slide! Read about this opportunity to sign up for an online summer program where lesson plans and worksheets are e-mailed to you every week.
- Stop the “Summer Slide” with Fun Beach Activities for Kids! Activities aimed at young children are explained on this blog post.
- Avoid the Summer Slide: 7 Fun, Brain-Stimulating Activities for Students Take a look at the ideas on this blog to prevent “summer slide.”
- Summer Slide: Don’t Let it Happen to You! Here are some ideas for several different areas of study to keep your child sharp through the summer.
- Preventing the “Summer Slide” in Math Skills This website will give you tips and tricks to help your child retain what he learned in math last year.
- Summer Learning Games for Your Little Ones By using items that you can buy at the dollar store, you can make math games for the kids to practice with over the summer.
Summer is a time for relaxing and having fun; your child doesn’t need to spend hours studying each day in an effort to prevent the “summer slide.” Instead, encourage your child to spend just a small portion of their day doing something educational. Tying education into the summer activities that you may already be doing with your child can make learning something that is fun. In these eight blog articles you will find activities to do with your kids this summer that will keep them from experiencing any learning loss.
- Smart Summer Challenge: Make Learning F-U-N Take a look at the activities suggested on this summer calendar to give you ideas of what your kids can do this summer.
- The Summer Scramble This blogger gives some advice about how to find intellectually stimulating activities for your kids this summer.
- Encourage Your Kids to Learn this Summer Watch this video and use some of this educator’s ideas for making learning fun.
- 5 Tips for Preventing Summer Learning Loss Use every day activities to help your child continue to learn during the summer.
- Preventing Summer Slide in Early Childhood Encourage your kids to read and take them to a museum to help them stay mentally active.
- 5 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss Find out how to create an online scavenger hunt for your kids.
- Activities to Prevent the Summer Slide You’ll find lots of smart ideas for things that older kids can do to continue learning over the summer and still have fun in this post.
- Preventing the ‘Summer Slide’: 10 Stealthy Ways to Help Your Child Learn Over the Holidays Encourage your kids to count change at the store and join a summer reading club to stop the “summer slide.”