Summer Glide (Not Slide) Through Learning This Summer!


A 2015 study showed that elementary school students lose about 27% of the previous year’s gains in math, and 20% of their gains in reading over summer break. According to the Northwest Education Association, the impact of COVID-19 means even more slowdown or slide on mathematics and other learning this summer for children. These losses force children to spend months relearning the previous year’s work, hurting their progress in school. It is more important than ever to help kids of all ages stay on top of learning this summer.

So how can you help your little one avoid a summer slide? To start, it is important to set limits on TV and video game time. Instead, help them focus on using their minds to play, create, learn and build things. For ideas on fun activities for preschool learning, visit the LAUSD’s ECED / ACTIVITIES for Kids.

To maintain and improve reading skills, read something with your child every day for 30 minutes. It can be anything, from comic books to novels, as long as your child enjoys it. Read to them before bed, practice identifying letters when you go on walks, and as they get older, encourage reading aloud to stuffed animals. For more ideas on how to read to beat summer slide, visit Reading Is Fundamental | Children’s Literacy Non-Profit.

Try to incorporate math into your daily activities. Have your child practice counting the number of dogs they see at the park, or how many red cars they see on a walk. Have them add up the total number of vegetables you are buying at the grocery store. Use cooking as a way to build math and science skills by visiting: http://www.first5la.org/parenting/articles/we-scr…

Help keep your child’s brain working throughout the day. In the car, play games like “20 Questions” or “I Spy”. At home, do arts and crafts projects, practice writing, keep a log of the interesting things you see in nature, encourage your child to invent and make things, or do research together on an animal or anything else that interests your child. Visit the National Education Association’s STEM Resources for more ideas.

Help children glide, not slide, this summer! By continuing to learn and practice skills over the summer, your child will be better prepared for school this fall.

Additionally, here are some fun STEM learning resources and activities from PBS:

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