Here’s How to Help Your Kids Avoid the “Summer Slide”
Are there ways to make sure kids don’t lose knowledge and skills over the summer?
By Common Sense Media
Summer slide — when kids forget what they learned from the school year — is pretty common. Here are a few ways to keep kids skills up over the summer.
- Keep kids reading. Kids who read a lot over the summer not only maintain reading skills, they go back to school better prepared for all subjects. Make summer reading fun. They can read graphic novels, fan fiction — anything that captures their interests is beneficial.
- Think outside the book. Apps, games, and websites offer lots of unique learning opportunities for kids. Check out some of Common Sense Media’s favorites for ideas.
- Go for code. Computer programming apps and sites teach kids everything from problem-solving to thinking and logic.
- Make lasting memories. With easy-to-use digital tools, kids can collect videos, photos, stories, and more in electronic journals that tell the story of their summer.
And remember, it’s OK — in fact, it’s beneficial — for kids to get bored, too. Downtime encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity and develop their inner selves — essential skills they can use all their lives.