How to Avoid Summer Learning Loss
May 18, 2018
Summer is upon us. Students are looking forward to days at the pool, family vacations, and sleeping in. We love the break, too, but while the time off is rejuvenating, it can also lead to summer learning loss. This time of year is also known as the summer slide or summer setback. Research shows that two months of reading skills are lost, and 2.6 months of math skills are lost over the break.
It takes about the first six weeks of school to recover from summer learning loss according to Oxford Learning. That’s why many schools – including Villa Madonna Academy – assign work over the summer. Studies suggest that two or three hours per week of work helps stem the loss of important skills. In addition to completing their summer work, there are other things you can do with your child to stop the slide.
- Summer Camps – many summer camps include educational elements from learning new sports skills to learning how to care for animals on a farm.
- Library Programs – there are many great summer learning programs at libraries around the Tri-State. For example, at the Kenton County Public Library, there are coding programs, cooking classes, story times, and more. Boone, Campbell, and Hamilton County libraries also have great programs for children and teens.
- Explore - Head to a museum, a zoo, or a nature center. Your child will learn new things at not even realize they are doing it.
You can find plenty of other ideas including games, workbooks, and projects online.
Have a safe and happy summer! We look forward to seeing you again in August!