Wow, 14 days until the school year is over! I bet a lot of teachers look like this right now….
The kids are crazy, the teachers are crazy, the administration is crazy, it’s a mad house everywhere! But- we are almost to the finish line, phew!
In Maryland, we did not receive a lot of snow this year so we are getting out of school in early June and Governor Larry Hogan has approved for schools to start after Labor Day of the 2017 school year. This makes for a very, VERY long summer.
And you know what that means… a well deserved break. Just kidding, what it really means is there will be a lot of kiddos facing “summer learning loss”
Ali…. what is summer learning loss?! Well let me explain a bit.
Summer learning loss is the regression of skills that students have gained throughout the school year caused by the extended summer break. Without ongoing opportunities to practice essential skills, kids fall behind on measures of academic achievement over the summer months.
Some facts about summer learning loss include:
- Students will loose about two months of math skills learned in school
- Students from low income areas lose about two months of grade level reading skills
- Only 9.2% of American students attend summer school. That means over 90% of the population is at risk of summer learning loss
- Summer learning loss can follow students through high school, college, and beyond
- Research shows that teachers spend four to six months reteaching skills learned in the previous year
Parents play a key role in closing the summer gap
Tips to help your child maintain those academic skills over the summer
- purchase bridge building books for your child to practice skills that will ready them for the upcoming grade
- Find camps that involve academic learning as well as fun
- Have your child sit down every day for 10 to 15 minutes to practice reading and math skills
- Have your child keep a “summer journal” to record everything they do during the summer
- Go to Barnes and Noble to find summer reading books
- Complete the local library’s summer reading program
- Ask your child’s teacher for activities to do over the summer
- Read with your child for 10 minutes every night
- Find a tutor to practice and maintain skills with your child, even if it is just once a week
Parents, you play an important role in your child’s education! Remember, even if it just a little bit of practice it will help maintain those skills!
Facts from: onlinecollege.org and education.jhu.edu