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Summer Slide: What is it? What can you do about it?

Tue. 04/30/2019

It’s summer and your child clearly needs a break from school — but not a break from learning.

Parents worry that, over the summer, their children will forget what they’ve just learned, and for good reason. Studies show that children who don’t exercise their brains during the summer months lose hard-won knowledge. This summer learning loss is often referred to as Summer Slide.

  • On average, students lose up to 2 ½ months of math and 2 months of reading skills over the summer.
  • For students who are already behind, and struggling to keep up, this is an even bigger challenge.

Summer learning programs – like Camp Summit – focus on both academics and fun. At Camp Summit, students are grouped into small classes based on skill level. They receive personalized attention to accommodate their different learning profiles. Camp Summit teachers are highly-trained and create a learning environment where students build self-confidence and get the academic boost they need for back-to-school success.

Morning academics follow a structured curriculum that includes one hour each day of: reading, math, and oral/written expression. Campers think they are playing games but are actually engaged in needed repetition with corrective feedback to boost their skills.

Afternoons are filled with fun. Supportive teachers and college counselors lead campers in activities that involve the arts, cooking, animals, outdoor adventures, sports, STEAM/STEM, water play, as well, as field trips.

Students, who participate in summer learning programs enter the following school year with a positive attitude and are confident in the classroom. They retain what they know, get ahead and have a great start in the fall. And, the effects of summer learning programs can endure for at least two years after participation.

For more information about avoiding Summer Slide:

  • Join us for a Facebook Live event on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 9:00 am via Chesapeake Family Life’s Facebook page. Joan Mele-McCarthy will discuss the importance of summer learning.
  • Visit www.thesummitschool.org or click here for a Summer at Summit brochure.

Make the most of your summer, avoid summer learning loss while having fun!

The Summit School, through the Summit Resource Center, offers diagnostic testing, tutoring services, and summer camps for the community. For more information on Summer at Summit, contact Nancy Rhodes at 410-798-0008 x 147,  or visit www.thesummitschool.org.

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