How to support your students in beating summer learning loss
Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do!
What is the Summer Slide?
All young people experience learning loss.
Loss happens when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
Research spanning over 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardize tests at the end of summer vacation then they do on the same test at the beginning of the year.
Most students lose about 2.6 years of mathematical computation skills over the summer.
More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
Ways to Beat Summer Reading Loss - Suggestions for Parents
Read Every Day!
- News, magazines, websites, recipes
Take the 6 book Challenge and read 6 books over the summer!
- 5 Finger Rule and I Pick, start a kids book club
Before the school year ends conference with your child's teacher
- Ask for suggested summer work
Practice Math Every Day!
- Use math at the grocery store, cooking, track the daily temperature outside, family game night
Set Summer Goals
- Goals to earn rewards
Do it Yourself Summer Projects
- Find DIY activities on pinterest or from a library book
The 5 Finger Reading Rule
Use the 5 finger reading rule to help students and their parents pick out summer reading books that provide students with the right amount of challenge.
I PICK Reading Guide
The I PICK reading guide can also be used to help pick out appropriate summer reading books.
Resources for Families
Free Virtual Field Trips you can take from the comfort of your own home:
Parent Blog on how to help stop the summer slide:
Free Days at the Museum 2016:
APS Summer Lunch Program:
Aurora Community Connection Summer Programs:
Free Activities Aurora:
Rocky Mountain Arsenal: