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4 Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

School’s out for summer, but the learning must continue. My goal this summer is to prevent the dreaded summer slide. Summer slide is defined as the rapid loss of educational information during school breaks; summer/holidays.

I set out a plan of attack to help my upcoming third grader get ahead of the game with a few summer learning experiences.

READ! READ! READ!

Reading is one of the most effective ways to prevent summer slide. My kids like to read, but in the summer we turn it up a notch. My son is required to read at least 20 minutes a day. I encourage longer, but 20 minutes is the absolute minimum. My 3 year old loves her books and we don’t have any issues churning out a few each day. We’ve designated Sunday as library day. They are allowed to check out as many books as they want. During our last library outing my Little Lady proudly informed the librarian that she wanted 3 Llama Llama books. With my son, I use the accelerated book finder to help us select books that will challenge him a bit.

Dedicated Topic Practice

My son gives me some trouble about practicing writing and completing his Spanish work. I created a calendar that gives all of us some guidance on what to work on each day. We only spend a few minutes practicing. I use several methods to practice; online games, hands-on experiments, workbooks.

Documentaries

This one may just be my family, but we will sit down and watch a good documentary. I mean everyone is completely engrossed at what’s on the screen. My kids love documentaries about animals, space and the ocean. My son even had me watch a documentary about how paper is made. Documentaries are a great way to get your information without reading.

Trips to the Museum/Zoo/Aquarium

I remember going on a field trip and my teacher would give us a little pad and paper to write down what we learned. I absolutely hated it. I just wanted to have fun with my friends. Now I’m that teacher. Let’s talk about what we learned, write me a little blurb, what was your favorite part?

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