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Avoid the “Summer Slide” and Make Your Kids’ Summer Educational and Fun

No one enjoys summer more than students.

For younger and older students alike, summer is a time to avoid science projects,  solving math problems, reading textbooks and writing reports or essays. It is the much-awaited period when they can relax, play and simply have fun.

Although it is wonderful for parents to see their kids happily getting the most out of their summer, the months they spend away from school and books could possibly cost them up to three months worth of progress in their studies, research show.  This trend has been coined “The Summer Slide”, which, aside from its name, is definitely no fun.

The Summer Slide has been a cause of dread for parents and teachers, and because of that, many  have worked on ways to keep kids learning during the summer break.

One of the most obvious and effective ways to encourage learning throughout summer is reading. But how can we motivate children, especially the young ones, to even pick up a book during the days when they would rather be running around outside or sitting in the living room playing video games?

According to Dr. Kimberly’s post about summer reading, “Children don’t just need books... they need the right books. “ She explains that providing children with books that match their skill levels and interests is an important first step. And here are her 13 Ideas for How Parents Can Encourage Summer Reading.     

An elementary school principal named Principal Howell expands more about the importance of summer reading in his blog. He also has a few additions to how summer slide can be prevented through other activities, including Minecraft which he says “is not only exciting to children” but also “provides them with collaboration and problem solving skills”. Check out Principal Howell’s list here: Prevent “Summer Slide!”

Once you have the ideas and tools of keeping your children reading throughout summer, how about sneaking in a little math and science too? Parents and tutors Heather and Rachelle have some tips on How to Avoid the Math and Science Summer Slide. And while we’re on the subject, you might also want to get some ideas from blogger Caroline’s list of 15 Fun Ways to Stop the Deadly Maths Summer Slide.

Lastly, parents would love to have their kids put their tablets, phones and other gadgets aside and steer clear of video games, but what’s your take on educational apps? If you are all for it, Teacherswithapps has listed 20 Tips to Ward Off Summer Slide and suggests 10 Apps to Prevent the Summer Slide.

Summer break is for kids to enjoy and have fun, but who says they can’t still continue learning while doing so?


[Brad Zupp and Simply Sensible Entertainment, Inc. are not affiliated in any way with the linked articles or companies and are not responsible for errors or opinions discussed. The links to articles, blogs and websites have been included as ideas: we trust you will use your own judgement as to the best practices for your kids.]