How to Avoid the Summer Slide

For teachers and students, it’s an incredibly exciting time: school is almost out, and summer’s nearly here! After working hard all school year long, what everyone really needs is a break, right? Not exactly…

“Summer slide” refers to a decline in academic skill over the summer. Students may stagnate in progress, forget what was learned, or slip in achievement level. This can happen when there is a lack of practice and reinforcement.

There are social-emotional dangers to the summer slide as well. Students’ confidence can take a hit when they find it hard to recall what they learned the previous year or notice that their peers are picking up the new material faster. Additionally, expectations for early elementary school students seem to get higher and higher each year for students. The summer slide can contribute to the weight of these expectations and lead to school-related anxiety.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent your child from going down that dreaded summer slide - practice, practice, and more practice! Here are some of the ways that you can work with your child to prevent them from slipping down that slide:

  1. Reading to your children and having them read to you is crucial. Even just one book a week can help them to retain the phonological skills and sight words learned over the school year. The library is a great resource for free books and can serve as an air-conditioned excursion!

  2. There are so many ways to sneak in math practice! When going to the grocery store, ask your child to count how many oranges you’re putting into the cart, or how many you would have if you put two back.

  3. Answering those endless “why” questions is vital, as it builds your child’s general knowledge base and feeds their curiosity!

In addition to all of these ways to support children at home, at Lil’ Eggheads, we offer a summer program dedicated to helping your child(ren) avoid the summer slide. Our 8-week program reviews what they worked on over the school year to help them retain what they learned and make sure they walk into the classroom prepared and confident!

The program starts where school left off and ends with where they will pick up at the beginning of the new school year.  It is available for children who are entering 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade in the fall of 2019.

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