Stop the Summer Slide -- Read 20
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:04 pm
Summer is a great time for children to relax their brains from their school's structured learning environment.
However, the National Summer Learning Association has completed research on this topic. They have found that all young children experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. Most students lose two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the course of the summer and an equal amount of loss in total reading skills. Then, when students return in the fall, teachers spend about six weeks reviewing "old material" to make up for summer learning loss. As early as first grade, summer learning loss can be recognized, and by the end of sixth grade students who have experienced summer learning loss over the years are an average of two year behind their peers.