Parents, I’m sure you’ve heard all about how the summer months are crucial to learning retention. It’s estimated that two months worth of learning is lost when students don’t review their newly learned skills over the summer break. (Cooper, 1996) … Continue reading
Summer is finally here! That means a few months respite from all the homework folders, reading logs, and school newsletters parents have to check every day. Sadly, it’s also a time when many students forget some of what they’ve worked … Continue reading
Download free podcast by John C. Stevens on Summer Reading List for 3rd Grade With school ending for the summer months, children believe they are facing weeks of “lesson free” time. Today’s blog is to accentuate the fact that learning … Continue reading
Download free podcast by C. Osvaldo Gomez on Best Practices to Conduct Summer School Programs Have you ever found an old dried up sponge under your sink? It’s been there for ages, doing nothing; serving no purpose. Kids are natural … Continue reading
Picture this: Your child has just successfully completed another school year, earning top grades (or at least passing grades) in all of his or her classes. The lazy months of summer break follow. What happens to all that knowledge that … Continue reading
The three areas that suffer most from summer learning loss are in the areas of vocabulary/reading, spelling, and math. In Stop! In the Name of Education: Prevent Summer Learning Loss With 7 Simple Steps, we discussed some activities parents could use with children to prevent summer slide. Let’s add to that list with even more ways to keep children engaged and learning – all summer long.
Summer Learning loss is defined as “a loss of knowledge and skills . . . most commonly due to . . . . extended breaks [during the summertime] ” (from edglossary.org/learning-loss). Many teachers have certainly had the experience of taking the first month of school not only to introduce his or her rules and procedures to the class but also to get the kids back “up to speed” with thinking, remembering what they’ve learned . . . and in many cases, reviewing previous content. With a traditional school calendar, then, this can mean that up to 10% of the school year is spent playing catch-up.