Summer Slide

Educational research tells us time and time again that the students experience a “summer slide” in learning during the summer school break. Our School Program Coordinator, Liz Philippi, shares some tips on how to address summer slide this summer!

What is “summer slide”?

It is the tendency for children to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. It is estimated that teachers spend between 4 to 6 weeks reteaching materials that students forget during the summer. While we constantly battle to make sure that all students can read on grade level this “reteaching” is a terrible waste!

What can we do to correct this?

Well, the first suggestion is that we should make sure that children are reading during the summer whether they are at their local library, in a school library that is open during school summer breakfast and lunch times, or even accessing books online they need to be exposed to books.

The other things we need to do is to keep those young brains engaged with a variety of activities that will challenge them and ignite their innate curiosity. There are many simple things you can do, like reading product ingredients and measuring produce with your child when grocery shopping. Use cooking with your child as an opportunity to teach them about measuring and math skills. Take a nature walk in your local park or your neighborhood to teach plant and fauna information. Sometimes just looking around your house will help you come up with ideas to get and keep your children engaged, and an engaged mind is growing mind!

Below are some tips to get you started and a bunch of links that you can share with your patrons.


6 Ways to Use Reading to Prevent Summer Slide

The Importance of Summer Reading

10 Critical Facts About Summer Reading

Summer Reading: English Language Learners at the Library

Camp Wonderoplis

Summer Reading with Book It!

Reading is Fundamental

Start with a Book

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Half Price Book Summer Reading Program

Summer Booklists from Reading Rockets

We Need Diverse Books

Summer Reading Booklists from ALSC

AASL Summer Reading Resources

YALSA Summer Reading and Learning

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