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How to Beat the Summer Slide

Have you heard of the “summer slide”? Unfortunately, it’s not the fun kind of slide you’ll find at a water park or playground. This slide is different. It’s a slide that no mom wants her child to ride.

What Is the Summer Slide?

The Summer Slide - Without practice, reading skills decline

The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session.

Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around.

But as parents, we don’t need studies to tell us this, do we? It’s evident in all sorts of situations. For example, if your child plays the violin but stops practicing for three months, his skills will decline more than the skills of a child who continued to practice and play the violin over the summer, right? So what can we do to avoid this common problem?

How to Prevent the Summer Slide

Here’s the secret to preventing the summer slide: Keep learning all summer long. (Now, don’t panic, I’m not talking about year-round schooling, although for some homeschool families, year-round schooling may be a good solution.)

I’m talking about consciously striving to provide learning opportunities throughout the summer to keep kids’ academic skills sharp. Check out the infographic below for a big list of ideas to help you put an end to the summer slide!

The Summer Slide infographic

Beat the Summer Slide with These Helpful Resources!

Want to keep your child’s reading and spelling skills sharp over the summer? Check out the blog posts, free downloads, and review materials below and say goodbye to the summer slide forever.

Reading Resources

Skills Review for Reading and Spelling

Vocabulary-Building Resources

Additional Resources

What do you plan to do with your children to beat the summer slide? Share in the comments below!

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Awesome readable explanation of summer slide. Thanks! :-)

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Sandra. The summer slide can make the start of the new school year so difficult for children, yet it isn’t difficult to avoid it.

Deb

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Where can I get the posters?

Robin E.

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Deb,
Are you referring to our Spelling Rules Posters? Here is the link for them. Or where you referring to some other posters? Please let me know.

Karina

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Thank you for writing this post. I feel a little more at ease that I have my kids doing most of these. (No road trips yet so no audio books.) I homeschool year-round and take breaks throughout also. I change the activities periodically to avoid boredom. Learning is fun and I want them to eat it up.

Robin E.

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Karina,
We hardly ever take road trips (although we always do a family audiobook when we do!), but we have just started doing audiobooks at home. The kids like to listen for 20 or 30 minutes a day while they do their chores and I’m cooking dinner.

Jane Gilhooly

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I have 5 little ones at home. Two are All About Reading “graduates.” Over the summer I let my children earn a book light- basically an LED lamp with a 60 minute timer on the base that goes on their nightstand when they officially graduate into beginning chapter books. Summer is a great time for them to earn this after completing level 2 of All About Reading. They are usually motivated to continue to read to me each day because they really want that book light! The best part is after they earn their light, they fall asleep reading every night by it, and with a 60 minute timer, I don’t have to worry about them sleeping with a light on.

Robin E.

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Jane,
I love this idea! I have been thinking about getting book lights for my kids to read in bed, but I especially love the idea of getting one with a timer. And it’s even better when they earn it through reading! Thank you for sharing this.

Chelsey Stafki

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We have chosen to “do school” through the Summer. We take breaks during the year whenever we need to do so, and besides that, it’s too hot outside to do much of anything anyway. We have scaled back to do a modified schedule, but it always includes my son’s All About Spelling. :)

Robin E.

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Chelsey,
We are summer homeschoolers too. Although, for us it is so hot, and there are so few activities available to do, that we don’t scale back. Rather, we do more projects, more experiments, and more electives in the summer, as we’re pretty much stuck inside anyway. We do take a long 4 to 6 week break in December, however, when the weather is fine!

Julie

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Love this. Thanks for the tips.

Kristin

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We are trying to do some school to prevent the slide, but so hard when we just want to play and embrace the day.

Robin E.

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Kristin,
Try not to think “school”, but rather try to think of a time of day when you can add in some book time without it feeling school like. Some people allow their kids to stay up an extra half hour if they are quietly in bed reading or looking at books. When my kids were younger (but not very young, my oldest was 10 or so), we had afternoon quiet time each day when everyone had to rest with a book.

For math, cooking is helpful for practicing that, without seeming school like. Bake together, and have your child help work out how much to put in if you half the recipe or double the recipe. Many games require keeping score and can work on math as well.

In short, try to find activities that make use of the academics your kids have learned but still seem like play. The result is wonderful summer memories, but little to no summer slide!

Brandy Palmer

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This summer we are doing themed days throughout the months to combat summer slide. We have Math Monday, Travel Tuesday, Write It Up Wednesday, Think Thursday, and Free Friday. Of course, we still read each and every day. This way the kids review what they learned, but they don’t feel like they are missing their summer.

Robin E.

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Ooo, clever, Brandy! We something a bit like this, but you are much better with the alliterations than I am. “Free Friday” sound more poetic than “Swim Friday”.

Jessica Tomlin

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We too a year round learners!

Jessica

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We actually have a better time with “school” during the summer. We end up reading out loud a whole lot more because I end up feeling like there is more space in the day to do things. The kids engage their imaginations and play much better as well after all the reading aloud. They make up songs and play the characters in the stories.

Robin E.

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Jessica,
I find a similar thing in our homeschool in the summer, only for us it’s because the weather is so hot (118°F yesterday!) that we are stuck inside. Plus, because of the heat, there are few activities and things to attend away from home. So we do more reading, more projects, more art, and watch way more documentaries and educational movies and TV throughout the summer.

Nicole D.

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We school year round

Melanie Freeland

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We homeschool year-round to prevent this. Although the summer stuff is much lighter than what we do during the actual school year.

Marcy Goetz-Than

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We beat Summer Slide by signing up for our Library’s summer reading program and continue reading daily for 15-30 minutes. We visit the early Literacy Fair, play games and will be cooking.

Allison

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We homeschool year round with shorter breaks throughout the year to prevent the summer slide. My daughter is dyslexic and has other learning differences so the summer slide would be horrendous for her. Love your ideas to help prevent it from happening.

Patsy Foy

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We homeschool year around. That said, we take more smaller breaks. But during these breaks, my daughter is still learning. We just baked 3 cakes & concocted a brand new healthy dip for snacking, to which she read & figured up ingredients & times. She also has been reading & learning about properly using hand signals for when she’s riding her new adaptive bike. Learning can be all day every day if attempted without burning you or the child out. Find what interests them and dig into it.

Robin E.

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Great ideas, Patsy. Sounds like some fun learning!

Hope

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We intend to school year round.

anna

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good ideas. thanks

Laura G.

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This program has been amazing for my struggling reader who I can say is not struggling much anymore!

Adrienne

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I’m looking forward to trying some of these resources with my struggling reader this summer!

Gail Timmer

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I love the poster. You have so many great ideas in this post. As a library worker, I had the chance to talk to our primary students about the summer slide and what they and their parents can do to not let this happen. Thank you

Robin E.

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Gail,
What a great community outreach, getting not only parents but their kids themselves thinking about the summer slide. I imagine that getting the kids involved would make fighting the summer slide more successful!

Cindy N

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Thank you for the tips. This is something we struggle with over the summer. Although we do get some reading in, all suggestions are welcome to keep us going :)

Sue Tan

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We read aloud, rain or shine, to beat the summer slide!

Elissa

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These are some great tips…we have done for a month and already noticed a slide.

Tara Johnson

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This is a great resource for summer ideas. Thank You

Rebecca

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Love these ideas!

Stephanie

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Lots of good ideas here! We’re trying to encourage reading this summer, since I have one child who was just starting to “get it” at the end of the school year. My older needs no encouragement! Lots of read aloud or books on tape, too. My kids love the summer reading program at our library.

jennifer royall

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Excited but nervous about homeschooling

Robin E.

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Don’t be nervous, Jennifer! Homeschooling very quickly becomes just part of your family life. If you ever need anything, we’re here to help.

Eric

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Year round homeschooling helps us beat summer slide!

Bette

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Thank you for the encouraging and fresh ideas to try!

Heidi Garfield

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Great ideas! I will put them to good use!

Ellen P

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Love this article and the reminder to make reading a big part of our summer!

Janet

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Thank you for the fun ideas.

Sherri

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Great tips! Thanks!

Nancy

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I just started using All About Spelling for my 9 year old son. He has struggled with reading and spelling so much, but since starting All about Spelling, he has made huge progress! I am excited to continue with the program!

Robin E.

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Nancy,
This is GREAT! Thank you for sharing his progress with us!

Kirsten

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Thanks for the ideas! We just finished our first year of AAR and was wondering how to keep the knowledge there that my son has acquired! Will use some of these!

C Mac

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Thanks for the info! Awesome ideas.

Misty Trunnell

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So fortunate that my child loves working year round.

Carrie King

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We do math review about once a week with flashcards or math bingo.

Kim Stanley

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Summer Reading programs at local libraries are a good way to keep kids reading through the summer.

Tauri

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Thanks! We are loving All About Spelling!

Lisa V.

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I hope to beat the summer slide by helping my daughter to find books that she will be interested in, and read, read, read.

Tiffany Keeton

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:):):)

Tina S.

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What wonderful ideas!

Mary Stevenson

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Love all your ideas! I’m going to sign up my son and I for the summer reading program at our library. We love your curriculum!

Mary Stevenson

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We are going to read together from our Run Bug Run book 20 minutes each day!

Rachelle

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I like the idea of a year round schedule but these are great ideas for the break times!

Gina R.

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Thanks for the tips!

Erin

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These are some great ideas. I also think finding some summer reading programs with rewards really helps with motivation.

Lindsey

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We school year round.

Julie

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Ive tried several programs and have seen my sub make such nice progress with AAS and AAR.

Erin

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We’re doing AAS daily as well as learning new vocabulary words from a fun book call “Vocabulary Cartoons”. I highly recommend it!

Erin

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We’ve just begun using AAS Level 1 when school let out. Right now it’s a bit easy for my 8 & 9 year olds, but they think it’s really fun and don’t even complain about working in the summer. I wanted to start at the beginning and move them through the whole program in order.
We also have a “Power Word” of the day from a very cool book called “Vocabulary Cartoons”. Each vocab word has a funny little cartoon with it to help the kids remember it and it’s working so well!

Robin E.

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Erin,
Thanks for the recommendation. Vocabulary Cartoons sounds fun.

Pamela Walker

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A good reminder of the importance of reading all year long and instilling the love of reading by exploring different print media.

Victoria A.

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This is very helpful!

Alisha

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Love these tips!

kathy

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By the way, I meant to ask, what happened to Ziggy’s summer reading club?

My boys need no encouragement to read, and we’re in winter, but they loved having flat Ziggy help them with their schoolwork last year.

Robin E.

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Kathy,
I’ve been told that Ziggy will be back for summer reading, but I don’t know anything beyond that. So, stay tuned!

kathy

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In Australia we only have six weeks off for summer. Even so, I know of a teacher who is strongly opposed to this. She says it’s highly detrimental to those children whose parents either can’t or won’t work with them through the break, even in little activities as suggested here. This is especially important for the kids who really need it: the strugglers. I found this out when I mentioned that I was moving to a year round schooling model. We take short breaks when it suits us and I no longer feel frustrated if the odd day gets lost to minor disasters or random events like bulldozers in the backyard (try to keep a little boy in his seat under those conditions!) Needless to say, said teacher is not so popular with her time serving colleagues.

Robin E.

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Kathy,
There are school districts in the US that do year round schooling for just the reasons your teacher friend pointed out.

Megan

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great ideas

erin

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We’re participating in our library’s summer reading program

Lisa

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Love all these great tips! Especially ones that incorporate fine motor skills!!!

Kelly K

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We love our library summer program…helps prevent summer slide and we earn vouchers for fun activities too!

Katie Oconnor

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Great tips! Thank you :)

Michele Olivieri

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Love AAR and AAS!

lindsey

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great ideas

Janelle

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good tips! thanks!

Hank

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I hope my wife uses these ideas. These are really net ideas!

Lisa

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We already have a huge stack of books to read out loud together during the summer. It’s a fun idea to take turns with the reading too. Thanks for the ideas!

Lisa

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Thanks so much for these great tips! I will definitely be using some of them this summer with my 7-year-old.

Val

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These are great ideas and seem as though most will be easy to add into our busy summer days. I also like that you have ideas listed for all ages.
Thank you!

Elizabeth B

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We’re part of local library’s reading program, so that’s a motivation for them. Thanks for the other tips!

Ani

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We’re almost done with AAR2! Can’t wait to start AAR3.

Robin E.

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Ani,
My youngest child will finish AAR 2 this week! It’s exciting, and I love that has finally found enjoyment in reading. She has been carrying around books, reading in every spare moment, all week!

Allison

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Joining our library’s summer reading program gives lots of opportunities both for reading and educational programs :)

Mindy S

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Thanks for all of your tips! They are always so helpful to me

Ribyn

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When I hear people talking about ‘beating the summer slide’ ingrown inwardly because it seems like they want kids lab outing over workbooks and computers all summer – but these suggestions are totally doable, while still just letting kids go outside, enjoy the all-too-short summer and just be for a while :).

Robin E.

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That’s what we were aiming for, Ribyn!

kathy

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love this program

Trina

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Love all of your tips! Thanks so much!!

Debbie

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I totaly agree that children digress during the summer if you do not keep up on their studies. I can not wait to get started our “learning time” for the summer!

Gretchen whsrton

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We live to read an adventure series over the summer months that the whole family can enjoy.

Jennie

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This is very interesting. A very good reminder to keep on track and not let reading go. I will be using these ideas for sure!

katie

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Great ideas thank you for sharing.

Laura B

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Thanks for the great info

Laura

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Great ideas! Participating in your local library summer reading program is also a great motivation! My kids love to do this!

Bethany Eskro

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Thank you for the tips! This is something I’ve worried about as we just finished up our very first year of kindergarten.

Heather

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Summer is when I encourage my children to explore new kinds of books (not required for school) in hopes that they will fall in love with reading in a deeper way. (After all, that IS my goal as their mom and teacher.) It’s worked with most of my kids at one point or another.

Michelle

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Love these ideas! We are already using audiobooks and at least 20 minutes of quiet reading daily. I think we will definitely work on incorporating some fun review games for spelling and vocabulary throughout the summer as well. I hadn’t even thought about that yet!

Jody Catalanotte

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My own kids will have reading time set aside everyday. During this time, Mom, Dad and the kids are only aloud to read print materials and no electronics devices allowed!

Robin E.

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Jody,
Great idea! Thanks for sharing it.

jenny g

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Audio books … hmm. I have not tried that. Thanks for the idea. It seems like a nice alternative to always reading aloud and exposes the children to someone else’s voice in reading tones.

Jessica

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This is great! Thanks!

Jennifer O

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Great resource to use now and throughout the year. Thank you!

Amy Dumas

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Great ideas in preventing the slide! Thx!!

susan and james blair

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These are super ideas!

Tabitha

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Wonderful resources! Thank you so much!

Barbie

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Over the summer, we continue our weekly visits to the library, join in the summer reading programs at the library, listen to audio books in the car, listen to audio books + read along with the (paper or electronic) text at home, Mum & Dad read to the children, the children read to each other and to us, & we read alone.
Thanks to all at All About Learning Press for always encouraging us to keep pressing on!

Jennifer P.

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Thank you for these great tips!

karen patterson

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I enjoyed learning new and creative ways to keep my children interested in reading over the summer.

Julie Patterson

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These are great ideas. My kids also love to participate in summer reading programs. You can find these at your local library and some bookstores too.

Lacey

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Thanks for the great ideas for summer. I definitely will put some of them to use!

Amy Wilcox

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I definitely hate the “summer slide!” Thanks for the tips!!

Kari

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Great tips. I’m definitely planning to keep us “on track” this summer. :)

Karen

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My son just finished kinder, so this is the first time I’ve had to make a plan for this. We are doing lots of reading out loud (me to him) and he gets an ice cream cone for every 60 minutes he reads aloud to me or Dad. And once a week we’re doing a quick spelling/reading Word Card review. Hopefully it’s enough to keep from going down the slide!

Heidi Mace

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Great ideas without a lot of preparation for parents !

Jody R.

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Great tips!

Janet

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Thanks! Love these ideas as we head into summer.

KrissyAnn

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Thank you for all the tips and ideas to keep our kids learning g over the summer!

Sara Hutchinson

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Thanks for the specific tips in this post! We love AAR!

Katie

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Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I’m anxious to try the new version of aar this summer!

Tamia R. Pettus

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My son is autistic. I found that he doesn’t qualify for ESY. So this summer and school year, I am going to go over everything can so that he doesn’t fall behind.

Wendy

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Great resources and ideas. Thank you!

Nicole Murphy

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We homeschool throughout the summer, but with less structure. Reading is something we have to continue daily, repetition is key for us. But one fun website I’ve found is Storylineonline.com, my son and I really enjoy listening to the stories but the twist is you watch the actors reading the story to you. It reminds me of reading rainbow. My son has his favorites that he enjoys hearing over and over, and I’m always surprised when he finds a new one he likes that I would not expect him to choose.

Robin E.

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Thanks for the recommendation of Storylineonline.com, Nicole. My older kids loved Reading Rainbow, and I think my younger kids will enjoy this.

Marjorie Anderson

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Our family loves audio books ! Best way to keep the car quiet and reduce fighting. Thank you for all the tips !

Robin

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My children love participating in our library’s summer reading program.

Tanessa

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Our library has a great summer reading program with fun prizes that encourages my kids to keep reading

Kristine

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Thank you for this post!

Darci

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Library Summer Reading club is one I can add. I can’t believe it but cheap dollar store prizes motivate my little ones! Thanks for the post.

Trinthia

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Great time to have meaningful conversations and increase vocabulary is during daily walks or car rides. Also, a great time to review skills but keep it short and fun.

Natasha Scheer

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Love All About Reading.

Tania Witter

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Good reminder to keep them engaged. :)

Cheryl

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I made this mistake last year so we are working hard this summer!

Abbey

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Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

Kelley

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Great ideas to keep kids interesting in reading!

Kin

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Very helpful tips!

Marie’s summer tips are helpful!

Karen Lunde

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We’re here, in southwest Germany. My 10-year old daughter is in the 4th grade in German public school, and must attend through the summer until her last day of school on July 27. Then, she starts fifth grade in Gymnasium (G9) on September 13. She has both passports, USA and Germany. No, she doesn’t read.

We’ve used All About Spelling before, and gotten through Levels 1, 2, and into Level 3. But this was year(s) ago, and she’s forgotten a lot.

She went to school as an exchange student in 4th grade in Minneapolis for a week in May, 2016.

She lives on her iPad, 24/7, watching videos from the USA, so she speaks great American English. But, try to get her to READ? Ha. If I’m lucky, she’ll deign to let me read to her.

We do the Sunlight Curriculum (very slowly, on top of her German public school). We’ve been on Core D (3rd grade) in that for about 1-1/2 years now, and thanks to a curriculum change in 4/2016, haven’t even finished Week #1 of this!! Long ago, we used Funnix 1 and 2 to teach her to read in English. Functionally, this was a success, but unfortunately, she has no motivation to read. Very few German kids seem to read for pleasure, and the society here seems happy enough with non-reading kids. Larger cities do have libraries, and there are a few bookstores, but any really good kids’ book has been translated from English.

My comment? That All About Spelling is really THE way to learn to spell US English! I have never seen a program like this, it is unique. It is worth all time and money that you could spend on it. We hope to get going with this again in the near future.

Robin E.

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Karen,
Thank you for sharing your perspectives on reading in Germany. This was fascinating.

Melanie

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Thank you for hosting the giveaway! I homeschooled for nearly 15 years before I discovered All About Learning. Sure wish I’d found it sooner!

Hannah R.

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These are fantastic ideas for our family! Thank you!

Celesta

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Looking forward to continuing with AAR and starting AAS this summer. Love these ideas as well! My kids have really taken off with your program! Thank you!!!

Edith S

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Great idea. I never thought about magazines for kids! 😀

Robin E.

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Edith,
Magazines are great to encourage reading, as there is a new edition every month or two on whatever topic they enjoy. You can subscribe so that they get their own in the mail, or most libraries subscribe to many children’s magazines and you can check issues out. My daughter gets her American Girl magazine fix that way.

Holly

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Great suggestions! Thanks!

Page Boyd

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Thanks for the great suggestions!

Annie

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Love this!! Thank you for the encouragement and guidance! We do school through the summer, but we keep it a more relaxed pace. I let my kiddos pick out their summer reading and they love it!

Rebecca guarino

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Great article! It’s so important for kids to keep up their skills over the summer months!!

Derek

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Brilliant set of educational tools, thay make both learning & teaching fun. My children really enjoy ziggy.

abedabun dawn

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I love the audio book suggestion. I am going to see if I can some for my grand daughter.

Kim

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.Thanks for the helpful reminders. I always find a few things helpful with all your posts.

renee

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These are all great Ideas! Thank you!

Bre Taylor

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Some great suggestions! Picking out our summer reading now!

Amy

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The progress my struggling-to-read third grader made with reading this past school year boosted her confidence and mine, thanks to All About Reading. To continue blooming as a reader, we’re going to continue on with Level 4 over the summer. We enjoy spending the one-on-one time together, and we hope this gives her a jump start for the upcoming year. Consistency has been key, so this is our way to say ‘NO!” to summer slide!

Robin E.

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Amy,
Continuing to move forward with lessons is even better than just reviewing through the summer. Not only will your daughter not experience the summer slide, she’ll be even that much further ahead of where she was when the summer began!

Katy

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I so need these tips!! Thank you! (my mom had a set of old “word flippers” from when she taught first grade. my daughter likes to use them.)

Faith

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I can’t wait to try all of this out!!

Ashlea

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Some really great ideas!

Rebecca

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These are great idea. I’m planning on using more audiobooks with my kids this summer!

Nicole Murphy

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I love reading all of your suggestions and articles to help keep us on track. Thank you!

Colleen

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Great simple ideas that will be easy to impliment!

Carri

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Excellent information!

Mary Sullivan

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These are all great tips! It’s amazing how much not having the “pressure” of doing school work daily can free one up to actually get some big things done – we always do a lot of reading in the summer.

Kate

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The timing of this post is perfect, we’ve had about a week of summer break and are refreshed enough to start these activities. Thanks for ideas that will make review feel different than lessons during the school year.

Candice

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Great suggestions! Thank you!

Sharice

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I love these suggestions.

Nicole

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I will definitely try some of these suggestions this summer!

Amy

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I love this curriculum! The longer I use it the more I love it! So thankful for all the support and guidance they have helped me with along the way on other homeschool questions too.

Stephanie

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I LOVE EVERYTHING about All About Reading and my daughter does too!! Thanks for all the great summer tips. I love the informative emails as well. Thanks for being so thoughtful and going the extra mile in not only providing this great program but keeping in touch and offering great tips and info. THE BEST!!

Robin E.

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Awww, you’re welcome, Stephanie. We are happy to help you help your children!

Sandra K.

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I’m so proud of my 10yo daughter who loves to read. Thankfully, she takes the initiative to read on her own every day. American Girl series books are a hit. But this list you’ve provided for us is fabulous and still needed. Thank you SO much for all you do. We love All About Spelling!

Jill

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Love the graphic with ideas on how to keep learning going in a fun way over the summer!

Jill

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We live at the library in the summer!

Jennifer

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Have already started playing games using several of the freebies found on AllAboutReading website. Flipping fried eggs is the favorite so far!!

Aleycia

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I’m so excited, we just started AAR this summer for my 8 and 5 year old!

James Reeves

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My kids thoroughly enjoy the All About Reading and Spelling series. I enjoy having my English corrected also.

Amy

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Love Exodus Book Store reading program! Great literature and only 5 books earns a $5 gift card to their store. We also do continue doing minimal schooling thru the summer.

Robin E.

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Amy,
I, too, have found that bookstore reading programs give generous prizes. Thanks for the reminder!

Marisa

says:

We are huge fans of our library’s reading program. It motivates them and keeps them interested in learning about different things all summer.

Caryn

says:

Great ideas! We need to get into the 20 minute a day habit.

Dawn

says:

As homeschoolers we save some of our most fun subjects for summertime! We also listen to lots of great literature while driving and then spend time discussing. Audio books are great for vocabulary!

Robyn

says:

Thanks for the tips!

Jen

says:

This is exactly why we school year round. Its much easier for my dyslexic daughter to keep up her momentum.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jen,
Yes. Our struggling learner kids are much more affected by summer slides, and it is all the more discouraging when it happens. Short breaks tend to be fine, but the long 2 to 3 months of summer is simply too long for many learners.

ShQuita Boone

says:

We have lots of library visits planned as well as some funschooling (letting my children pick topics they are interested in and doing a fun hands on activity!) Year round schooling is a must for my family, they learn and stay sharp and I don’t have to get re-motivated to teach!

Angie

says:

We always participate in the summer reading program at the library- keeps them motivated to read for most of the summer!

Candace

says:

Such a relief to hear that my trips to the library will pay off in August! My 1st grader had no problem reading 2nd grade books (despite his year in public school). I know it’s in part due to a great homeschool foundation of AAR in kindergarten.

Melissa Ford

says:

Thank you for this post!

Brenda

says:

The grocery store is a great place for “accidental” practice.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Brenda,
I love the idea of “accidental” practice. :D

Tasha

says:

The thing I love most about this program is all the helpful tips!

Miller

says:

Good ideas. My 1st grader is really getting into reading and so far doesn’t need to much encouragement. We’re going to try doing school all year with numerous small breaks throughout. I hope this eliminates that summer slide.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Miller,
We, too, school right through the summer. Of course, down here in the desert where we live, it’s too hot to even swim, so doing school all summer just makes sense.

Jen B

says:

Love this! We enjoy joining our local library’s summer reading program. My kids willingly read to earn prizes! 😊

Chelli

says:

Encouraged to see that we currently do most of these. On the right track!

Happy Summer

Jessica B.

says:

We read all summer long. We’re reading out loud and completing a summer reading program. Also, we do a short amount of skills work every day.

Catharine

says:

I plan on keeping them active with reading though the summer

Sara

says:

Thank you for these great ideas! Our library has a “Read to Dogs” night. We’re usually too busy during the school year, but plan to go on a regular basis this summer. The kids love reading out loud to their friendly, patient, good-listening canine friends!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sara,
My kids love to read to our pets too. It’s such a lovely, sweet thing.

Lauren S.

says:

We love AAR/AAS! So thankful for all the support AALP gives parents through articles, posts, and awesome customer service ( phone and email). Being a homeschool mom is the hardest thing I have ever loved doing. It’s nice to have support and encouragement along the journey!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lauren,
I love this, “Being a homeschool mom is the hardest thing I have ever loved doing.” Wonderfully put!

Amber L.

says:

We constantly have audio books in the car. I recommend them for any age! Currently, my kids (ages 2 and 6) LOVE Paddington and Geronimo Stilton. That bear and mouse have sabotaged our travels!! However, my kids’ giggles and funny comments about the characters make up for it! In addition, we do an author study that promotes daily reading and usually 1-3 crafts per week. This summer, I’m hoping to tackle Beatrix Potter’s tales with my boys. Last year, we conquered Winnie the Pooh! There is always something fun to do with children’s classic literature!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amber,
I like the sounds of your author studies!

Amy

says:

These are great ideas! I like to encourage my kids to read the names on food boxes, and encourage them to read recipes when we cook. I also encourage them to read magazines. Wildlife ones are a big hit, the pictures interest them enough to get some reading in.

Helen Grumbles

says:

This is a great list. It’s encouraging because they are really easy to do. The audio book suggestion is really doable thanks to so many resources online these days, like Librivox.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Helen,
Also look toward your public library for downloadable audiobooks. Many US libraries are now offering wide selections of ebooks and digital audiobooks. Librivox is good, but sometimes the voice quality makes the books hard to enjoy. The library system will have the same quality as audiobooks that cost $20+ to buy.

Kate

says:

What a resource, thank you!

Jamie

says:

Lots of great ideas and freebies. I am thinking about putting some word flippers in a basket along with other activities and having them ready for quick review time! Thank you for all the great support as I teach my children.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Jamie! I love the idea of the word flippers in the activity basket.

Michelle

says:

These are great ideas. We also attend many of the summer reading programs around town. Nature study is another summer fun time here.

Stephanie Blackstone

says:

Thanks for the reminder! I think we will do some poetry :)

Teresa

says:

We love reading aloud in the evening, on the front porch. My kids also ask me to read to them while they are swinging or playing on the play structure! Loads of fun.

Tara Bailey

says:

great suggestions!

JoAnna

says:

Encouraging reading thru a bookstore reading program and trying to remember to have fun spelling bees in the car while we travel.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

JoAnna,
Great reminder to look at bookstores for summer reading programs. I have found them to be generous with their prizes. Thank you.

Robyn

says:

These are great suggestions to try with my beginning readers! They are loving the Pre-1 level and are gearing up for Level 1 in the fall. These summer suggestions should keep them on target. Thanks for this post!

Rose Orosco

says:

I would love to give this program a try

Samantha

says:

Thank you for the tips. We are going to continue doing reading over the summer with a few other things thrown in the mix. With my little guy just heading into first grade, I want to try to prevent that summer slide the best I can

Delores Leis

says:

Thanks for your practical advice. We try to do refresher blirps thru out the summer like flash cards and reading outloud.

Victoria

says:

Thanks for the helpful reminders!

Karla Flores

says:

My child has just turned 3 and she already loves reading. These are great tips, thanks!

Amie

says:

Thanks for the great tips!

Alyssa

says:

Our whole family joined the summer reading program at our local library. They have weekly themes to choose books from that give you extra enters into the contests. Each child sets their own daily reading goal and reads tho achieve that goal. It makes reading more fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Alyssa,
Our library allowed adults to participate in the summer reading program for the first time last year, and I think that is GREAT! What a great way to encourage kids to read more by having their parents reading more too.

LACY

says:

We are planning to keep up with math, reading, copywork, Bible study as it relates to world history, art, and music.

Wendy Forster

says:

Love the ideas to keep them from sliding over the summer! Read, read, read!!!

Jennie

says:

Those are great ideas!

Lacey

says:

All great tips!

Katrina R.

says:

We used to constantly read tons of books, but unfortunately since having another baby our reading time has greatly decreased. This summer we are signed up for a summer readin program at our library. My kids loved last year and I’m looking forward to the added motivation to read every day too.

Shannon

says:

We love to read, so we are making use of the various summer reading programs at local libraries and bookstores.

Marcia allen

says:

I absolutely love all about reading and all about spelling, they are excellent programs!!!!!

Lauryn R

says:

These are fantastic ideas for Summertime fun! It is definitely important to keep your kids entertained and still learning over the Summer break! :)

Nicole

says:

We play a lot of games that reinforce math skills. My kiddos are also preparing a weekly newsletter for our family. :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Nicole,
I really like the weekly newsletter idea! Thanks.

Miha P.

says:

I heard many great things about All about reading/spelling curriculum. I’d love to try the spelling program for my kids as I’m an ESL homeschooling mom.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Miha,
We have had great reports from ESL parents using our products with their kids! Let us know if you have any questions.

Launa Rasmussen

says:

We’re doing the summer reading program at the library. For every hour and a half of reading they get a free book or school supply! And I don’t have to do any nagging.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

We LOVE summer reading programs! Great reminder, Launa.

Alicia

says:

I’m planning to find math and reading games. We are also going to do at least one lap book to keep up on the writing

Rachael Kuhaneck

says:

This is a wonderful idea!

Rebecca

says:

I’m having my children play reading and math games. I’m also spending daily time reading aloud to them and having them write and draw about what we’re reading in their journals :-)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great ideas, Rebecca!

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