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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.

Although the summer slide may not affect every student, the general principle is one that can be observed in all sorts of situations. Skills that are learned, also need to be practiced to ensure ongoing proficiency in the skill. 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 continues 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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Brandy Thomas

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I will have her read daily, cook together, and check out educational websites.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great plan, Brandy!

Kaydan Staley

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We plan to read every day, We also plan to cook more together, and for a new hobby we will be going fishing as a family

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sounds like you are reading for the summer, Kaydan!

landon hunter

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i love reading it is the best way to develop mind power

Mary Beth Morgan

says:

Excellent ideas.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks, Mary Beth.

Tekishia Chambers

says:

Great ideas

mayra gonzalez

says:

we practice the sight words alot

Rebecca M

says:

We read a lot, although I do relax required reading in the summer!

Diana N

says:

We spend time reading together almost every day. One of my youngest favorites to reread is the Open Rink one in Level 2 book1… we do voices for the different characters.

Amy

says:

We have our daughter read 20-30 minutes every day (started her on that habit in 1st & 2nd grade –she is now in 5th). I just downloaded the Chapter Book Library Lists to use for our homeschooling! There are some great suggestions on there!

Liz

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Great ideas!

Jenny Ham

says:

Interesting thanks for sharing this very helpful.

Amanda S

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We’ve been enjoying reviewing reading the lower leveled readers!

April J

says:

Great ideas!

Svetlana

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Love everything from you guys. We are using the All About Reading with my reluctant reader and it’s like magic. The resources here are great and very engaging for the kids. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Svetlana! It’s great to hear that All About Reading is helping your reader become not reluctant!

Katie

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I have my kiddos read 30 min a day, 30 min online learning program of their choice, and all about spelling. They actually ask to work on spelling now! Its quick and they love it. I was very surprised as my kids have dyslexia and autism so spelling is usually a challenge they can’t stand.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love that All About Spelling is helping your kids enjoy spelling now, Katie!

M Bouwman

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Loving All About Spelling and all the feee ‘extras’ they offer. I’m going to start child number two on it that fall. Very thorough and answers the ‘why’ words are spelled the way they are.

Rebecca

says:

Great tips!

Annika

says:

Great resources and ideas here!

Alyssa L

says:

I was happy to see cooking with kids as an idea to prevent the summer slide. I plan to pick lots of berries at a local farm then bake pies with my kids! Thanks for the tips!

Kristin Rickerson

says:

Thanks for that great list of resources. We are always looking for new ways to prevent the summer slide.

StacyB

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Thanks for the great resources!

Lin

says:

We love pairing audio books with the actual book! They can listen and read along. These are great for the car, or on those mornings they like to wake to up early but I still need a few minutes to get myself together!

kwannakorn

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Great idea to teach chidren to read

Jessica

says:

So many great ideas. I look forward to trying some of them out.

Myra Goodemote

says:

I take advantage of the summer to encourage more physical activity

Andrea

says:

Always appreciate your insight and helpful tips.

Tara

says:

Love these ideas! Thank you!

Brittany C.

says:

Very helpful! Thank you so much!

Cassandra

says:

Thanks for the book recommendations!

Becky Barrett

says:

great ideas to help

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