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