Slowing the Summer Slide
Something is waiting for many children each summer, and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s playfully called the “summer slide" describing what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.
Experts agree that children who read during the summer gain reading skills, while those who do not read often slide backward. Some children may lose as much as two months of academic skill which is roughly 22% of the school year.
What can parents do?
Schedule 20 to 30 minutes a day for reading and math practice. Get a library card or trade books with friends for access to more books. Most libraries, including the Coleman Area Library, offer a summer reading program with fun activities and prizes.
The internet is a good resource for fun activities. The following websites have games and activities. The first two require that an account is set up, but it is free to access.
biguniverse.com (reading and writing)
summer.tenmarks.com (math, Coleman code is S14CES3395)
khanacademy.org (math and science)
interactivesites.weebly.com (reading, math science, social studies, art, music, typing, and more)
starfall.com (early reading skills)
coolmathgames.com (math, reading, spelling)
sheppardssoftware.com (preschool, math, science)
abcya.com (reading and math)