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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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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.

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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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