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Summer Slide-Part 2

Summer Learning

Last week, we began a two-part blog series on Summer Slide, which refers to the loss of academic skills and knowledge that can occur over the summer break. Parents can play a crucial role in preventing summer slide.  In Part 2 of this series, I will share more strategies parents can employ to help prevent summer slide.  

Weave Learning into Everyday Life

Learning doesn’t have to be limited to the classroom. Encourage your child to engage in educational activities during everyday life. For example, involve them in cooking to develop math and science skills, or encourage them to write a journal to enhance their writing skills. You can even encourage your child to get a group of friends together to read and talk about a popular book.  

Limit Screen Time

We all know that kids spend way too much time in front of a screen.  In fact, The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that kids ages 8 to 10 spend an average of six hours a day in front of a screen and kids ages 11 to 14 spend an average of 9 hours a day in front of screens!  Although technology can be a useful tool  for learning, excessive screen time can hinder academic progress. Set reasonable limits on screen time and encourage your child to engage in activities that involve critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity.

Encourage Physical Activity

Kids’ bodies were made to move! This summer, channel that boundless energy into positive physical activities. Engaging in physical activities not only promotes overall well-being but also supports cognitive development. Encourage your child to be physically active by participating in outdoor games, sports, or other physical activities.  Want a low-maintenance idea for a hot summer day?  Set up a sprinkler and let the kids run back and forth happily to their hearts’ content. You can grab a refreshing beverage and a lawn chair and watch the fun unfold before your eyes!  

Remember, it’s important to strike a balance between structured learning and allowing your child to have a fun and relaxing summer break. By incorporating these strategies, you can help prevent summer slide and support your child’s continued academic growth.