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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?

what happens during the summer slide

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!

infographic with summer slide activities

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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Charity Reyes

says:

These are great suggestions and examples for the summer! It can be so hard to reinforce skills when they are on break.

Jenn

says:

This is great!I was JUST thinking about this today!

Stephanie

says:

Great reminders. Thank you for sharing

Amy

says:

Great reminder. My kids love going to the library and visiting Miss Nancy who has done story hour for the past several years. 🙂

Kirsten

says:

So much yes!

Mycabin

says:

This is a great reminder, and I love the ideas….thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome! 😊

Jennifer

says:

Awesome ideas to keep the kids learning!

Desirae Cave

says:

I have been hearing a lot of positive talk about Learning Ally. I definitely think we are going to be looking into that and hopefully working towards getting back on track before school starts back up. Thank you for the resources and information.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are so welcome, Desirae! Let me know if you need anything.

Ginger

says:

Awesome! I have my kids read 20 min mon, wed, and fri. this summer and so far I think it has really helped them stay on track.

Sarah

says:

What great tips. Learning and engaging your kiddos doesn’t have to be something hard.bi love that you suggest simple things parents can do to help keep their kiddos learning.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Sarah!

Becky Maiatico

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I love All About Learning Press! I have always been an avid supporter of helping kids to learn to read. It is very important to keep kids engaged in reading or similar activities, (like reading recipes, or instructions to build it do something), throughout the summer to prevent the “Summer Slide”!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes! Thank you, Becky.

Sara Hagy

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Yes, it is so true; we forget some of the things we learned when we don’t use them. This has been on my mind this summer. I plan on using some games to help my children, ages 5 and 7, recover from the summer slide. The free resources on this site are great! They love games! I also ask them to read some words to me, while I am reading them a story.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sounds like a good plan, Sara! Games are a wonderful way to make review feel like play. If you need more ideas or suggestions, just ask! 😊

Dana Greeno

says:

We enjoy reading during cuddle time before bedtime on most days.

Crystal Glinton

says:

I love these and would love to use the information here to share with parents on a reading flyer. May I use please

Merry

says: Customer Service

Hi Crystal, I’ll send you an email about permissions. Thanks for asking!

Amy E.

says:

May I copy this page to my school Twitter account for my parents?

Amy E.

says:

I would love to Tweet this page for my parents, as I teach 5th grade. May I do so?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amy,
We’d love you to share the link to this page with others! Thank you. If you use the infographic or information from the page, please add this: “Used with permission: All About Learning Press” or just share the page address, https://blog.allaboutlearningpress.com/summer-slide/

Debbie H.

says:

Hi! May I use this information for a short video on our school’s website or FACEBOOK page?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Debbie,
That’s a great idea. Yes, that would be fine; thanks for asking! At some point on the page or in the video (either under the graphic or at the end), please add this: Used with permission: All About Learning Press.

Could you send us a link once it has been published? We would LOVE to see it! 😊

Whitney Ault

says:

This is great! May I share with my parents?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Whitney,
We’d love you to share this blog post with others!

Lynn Hodgkin

says:

Can I use the infographic with the slide in my materials to encourage summer reading? This might include print materials and website.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lynn,
Yes. We give permission to use the Summer Slide infographic. At some point in the article (either under the graphic or at the end), please add this: Graphic used with permission: All About Reading.

Thanks for asking!

Lynn Hodgkin

says:

Thank you! Helps me out a lot! I will include the permission when using it.

Christina Thompson

says:

I would also love to use the infographic and some of your ideas in a training for childcare providers. May I please have permission to do so, as long as I include Reproduced with permission from All About Learning Press, Inc.?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Christina,
Yes, you have permission with the included “Reproduced with permission from All About Learning Press, Inc.” Thank you for asking. 😊

Emily

says:

I love this information. Being a school social worker I would love permission to use some of your information on a summer flyer I am going to hand out at the end of the school year.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Emily,
You have our permission to use information from this blog post or even the infographic itself for hand-outs. At some point in the hand-out (either under the graphic or at the end), please add this: Reproduced with permission from All About Learning Press, Inc.

Annette

says:

May I use your “summer slide” infographic on my webpage?

Annette

says:

HI! This is a great blog. I would like to use your infographic , “the summer slide” . Is there a way to do so?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Annette,
Yes, you may use the Summer Slide infographic. At some point in the article (either under the graphic or at the end), please add this: Graphic used with permission: All About Reading. Thanks for asking!

Let me know if you need anything else.

Lori Nygard

says:

Whenever we go on vacation and visit museums, zoos, etc. we visit the gift shop and purchase a book that relates to the experiences we had on our vacation. Not only are the kids benefiting from all the wonders of reading, but they are making real world connections that relate to their own experiences.

Merry

says: Customer Service

What a wonderful idea, Lori, and a great way to promote a joy of reading and learning in your kids! ❤️

Sherry

says:

We love audio books. We listen to them on our commute to school. My boys are more cranky when we have to get out of the car when listening to an audiobook than when I tell them to get off screens at home!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I know how your boys feel, Sherry! It can be hard to transition your mind from the amazing world created by some great audiobook when you have to pause for some reason.

Heather

says:

I love these ideas for next summer!

Abby

says:

My kids finished their summer reading program hours on our first summer road trip. We love audiobooks for taking trips or for running errands around town.

Carey Cole

says:

I teach and tutor math and the summer slide information seldom emphasizes keeping math skills fresh over the summer! Much harder to maintain good math literacy!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I agree with you, Carey, but since we are a company focused on taking the struggle out of reading and spelling you can understand why our focus is toward those skills.

However, I have found cooking to be a great way to work on math skills in a way that doesn’t seem like school. Doubling and tripling recipes is very helpful for adding and multiplying fractions, but even better for older students is halving or making a third of a recipe. It gets tricky when you do things like halve one tablespoon.

Another way to practice math skills over the summer is with a summer job, a lemonade stand, or other opportunities to handle money. Children are naturally motivated to add and subtract and practice their decimal skills when earning and then spending their own money. They may even learn how to calculate sales tax!

Ashley

says:

Great tips, thank you! We have enjoyed your library reading lists! I was able to find several titles at our local library to expand our read aloud options over the summer.

S. Hughes

says:

This is something I want to share with parents next summer!

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