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9 resources to prevent summer learning loss

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“As the school year comes to a close in districts across the nation, many parents and educators look for resources to prevent summer learning loss in students. Sixty-four percent of parents are aware of summer learning loss, often referred to as the “summer slide,” according to research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report. According to a Brookings study, “Students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning” and “declines were sharper for math than for reading.” This loss of academic skills is especially worrisome for at-risk students and for students who struggled to meet learning goals during the school year.” (more)

Summer sucked the smarts from your kid? 4 ways to avert brain drain before school starts

USA Today – Staff Writer

“Summer is for pools, road trips and popsicles. But for kids, summer is also a time where learning is lost. It’s called summer brain drain, and it’s a drag for teachers and frustrating for parents and kids. Don’t let the summer slide hit your family. Parents and caregivers can help to keep children engaged and learning over the break through simple, everyday activities. Here are a few ideas:” (more)

A break from the classroom doesn’t have to be a break from learning

The Courier-Journal – Staff Writer

“Albert Einstein once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning.” It’s sound advice about the need to continually seek knowledge — a quest that shouldn’t cease in the summer months. When school is out and the weather is hot, kids spend time splashing in the pool, hunkering down in front of the TV, or maybe even hitting the beach. They’ve earned this downtime and fun in the sun, but it’s crucial to keep young minds engaged to prevent “summer brain drain.” Children can lose as much as three months of skills over summer break, according to the nonprofit National Summer Learning Association.” (more)

TEACHER VOICE: Preparing kids for high school math isn’t enough — they need to hang on to their new skills until fall

The Hechinger Report – Josh Gresham

“For an eighth-grade math teacher like me, the arrival of spring means I’ve almost finished teaching the concepts my students need to succeed in high school. It also means it’s time to gear up for the next challenge: helping students to retain their math knowledge over the summer. Research shows that students across all socioeconomic backgrounds experience nearly three months of learning loss in math over the summer.” (more)

School’s out, now what? 3 ways to keep kids learning during summer break

The Los Angeles Times – Michelle Maltais

“Sure, summer’s great with its carefree, longer days and sweet break from the routine of the classroom. Here’s the bummer: Over break, kids can actually lose what they’ve learned over the previous school year. Researchers call it the “summer slide.” Summer break widens achievement gaps between kids from kindergarten through high school. And, like many things, it hits poor children harder. As kids from higher-income families actually raise their reading skills during the time off, kids from lower-income families lose two to three months of reading skills in the summer – which they don’t make up in the school year. That means by the fifth grade, they can be behind their peers by 2½ to three years.”(more)

The Dreaded Summer Slide and How to Tackle It

Education World – Joel Stice

“It’s a safe assumption that nearly all students enjoy the break from homework and test taking that summer brings. It’s also during this roughly two-month vacation that learning retention starts to slip. The result is that teachers generally have to spend the first month or so at the beginning of the school year bringing students back up to speed on previously covered material. Some 66 percent of teachers said that they have to help their students get caught back up at the beginning of the year, according to a survey conducted by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Reading, spelling, and math skills are generally the subjects most affected during the long break.”(more)