As summer approaches, plans are made and schedules solidified. I want to take a moment to encourage all of YOU to make some time this summer, daily, to put a book or a sight word game, into your child’s hands. Many studies have shown that a “Summer Slide” occurs when students are not in school and not reading during the summer. The US Department of education states, “Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it’s also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the “summer slide,” and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.” They also provided a fun way to keep your child’s mind engaged over the summer, so they don't get stuck infant of an iPad or T.V. See below!
Fun Ways to Keep Your Child’s Mind Engaged:
- All students can benefit from a trip to the local library.
- Parents of younger students can create a summer reading list with their children, and then reward them when they finish each book.
- Additionally, parents can encourage their kids to think outside of the box with arts and crafts. Sites such as kids.gov and NGA Kids have great ideas that will let any child’s imagination run wild and stimulate creativity.
- Summertime can be a great time to teach healthy eating habits. Parents can get ideas for tasty and nutritious meals at Let’s Move! and kidshealth.org. There is also information available about the USDA Summer Food Program, which was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.
- Give them a project around the house
- Serve a neighbor or friend in need
- Do bible studies with them, reviewing the laws and their themes and verses
- Encourage them to journal (Even create their own)
- Have them read simple recipes and follow them
- Play any of the games I have sent home
- Get a bag of library books each week and incentive them for reading
- Find fun places to go and read a book together
Other articles show the following reading statistics:
- Reading just 4-5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores.
- Summer reading loss is cumulative, these children do not typically catch up in the fall. Their peers are progressing with their skills while they are making up for the summer learning loss. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills during the summer are on average 2 years behind their peers.
- Teachers spend an average of 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost during the summer.
It is my hope that you will take time to encourage your child to read daily and keep their mind engaged and stimulated! Below are articles that I got this information from, if you would like to peruse them.