If your child struggles in school now is the time to start thinking about ways to avoid the “summer slide” – the learning loss that students can experience over summer break. With so many options you are sure to find the one that fits for your child and your summer schedule.
Is “summer slide” real?
During the summer, many parents try to give their children a break from academics; everyone wants a little time away from demanding schedules and daily schoolwork. However, taking the whole summer “off” is not in a child’s best academic interest, especially if the child struggles with core academic skills such as reading, math, and written language. Studies confirm that students often start the school year with a decrease in skill levels than had been demonstrated at the close of the previous school year.
This skill regression is often referred to as “summer slide” and research indicates that those who struggle in school show a greater summer learning loss. Luckily, there are many options for boosting academic skills and avoiding summer slide, including: daily reading, audio books, daily journal writing, tutoring, exploring subjects through excursions, hands on experiences and encouraging hobbies. And yes, there are even specialized summer schools and camps that encompass and coordinate many of these activities for parents.
How do I know what approach is right? What’s the best fit?
Talk with your child’s teacher and find out where your child is most at risk for summer slide and whether a home program of casual reading, math practice, and journal writing is enough or whether your child needs something more targeted, like a summer school or camp specifically designed to address academic needs.
How much is too much? Keeping an eye on balance.
Some might argue that for children who struggle to keep up, summer is a much-needed break from academic demands. But parents understand – and the research agrees – that creating engaging learning opportunities throughout the summer is important to maintain and even boost academic skills!
Summer schools and camps give children opportunities to learn while addressing the challenges they may face in school. Children attending summer camps and schools, especially those who share similar learning profiles and/or interests make friends with each other more quickly and build self-confidence all while boosting academic skills and having fun.
Let Summit do the work to help prevent summer slide!
Did you know that The Summit School offers academic summer camps to help your child prevent summer learning loss? Located in Edgewater, Summer at Summit has a variety of programs tailored to assist students in reading, writing, math, executive function skills! Let Summit do the work to help prevent summer slide!
The Summit Resource Center offers diagnostic testing services, individual tutoring, summer programs, consultations, workshops and seminars. For a complete list of summer offerings from The Summit School click here or contact Nancy Rhodes at 410-798-0005 x147 or .
About The Summit School:
The Summit School was founded to exclusively serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and related learning differences. Now in its 29th year, Summit has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, evidence based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and small class sizes. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.