Did you know the summer slide has drawn the attention of educators for over 100 years? Research from as early as 1906 has addressed the concern. We often hear about how much learning students lose during the summer months. And lots of research has been done on the subject. (Just do a quick search of “the summer slide” using your favorite search engine, and you’ll get lots of results on both sides of the issue from scholarly and popular sources.)
You might be surprised by the findings. A deeper reading of the research shows that the slide is not a given. In fact, some students actually improve over the summer, especially in reading. Math seems to be one subject area where students may lose some knowledge.
What we’d like to focus on, though, is the fact that students who have opportunities to engage in continued learning over the summer are more likely to show improvement when they return to school. Here are some ways you can plan now for your child’s summer learning: