Summer is the time for cookouts, visits to relatives you have seen since last summer. For some people is a time to take vacation and see other states and other parts of the world..
What is “the summer slide” The “summer slide” occurs when students lose some of the math and reading skills that they gained during the school year. For many schools across the country, the year is over, and for others the time is approaching. Thoughts of summer fun fill the minds of students and parents alike. After all, who wouldn’t look forward to beautiful weather and the promise of relaxation, vacations and fun?
According to The National Summer Learning Association which is the only national organization exclusively focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning opportunities to young people, students who take the entire summer off studies don’t remain stagnant but actually lose two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills, and they score lower on generalized tests. Low-income students are even more susceptible to falling behind: More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youths can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youths are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college, according to a study published by John Hopkins University sociologists.
This year - Summer Learning Day, is Friday, June 19 - NSLA is asking everyone—programs, families, schools, educators, policymakers, businesses—to make summer a season of learning by pledging to #KeepKidsLearning.
National Summer Learning Day is supported by elected officials and policymakers, public agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, universities, museums, libraries, and summer camps across the country.
Suggested ways to prevent "Summer Slide":
Read EVERY day! Read non-fiction, fiction, e-books, poetry, newspapers and read out loud! For most children, twenty minutes is an appropriate amount of time to read for a child who is an independent reader. Most libraries have a wonderful summer reading program with incentives and rewards for books read over the summer.
Plan Meals and Cook with your children. This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Let your child design the menu too! Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook. Have the child look in refrigerator and cupboards to see what items are needed and make the list.
Grocery Shopping- make math fun. Let your child help with the grocery shopping. Let him/her decide the better value for a particular item you buy. Use produce department to calculate the cost of vegetables and fruit per pound. Grocery shopping also enhances reading skills with label reading.
Join the local museum and zoo! Become members of your local museum and zoo. Most museums and zoos have membership benefits that include free admission and special invitations to events throughout the year. A great way to spend summer days!
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