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What is "Summer Slide” and how can SOL Learning Help?

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

Summer Slide probably sounds like an exhilarating summer activity involving sunshine and splashing into your neighborhood water park pool!

In no way do we want to interfere with all the fun activities that involve slides during the summer, however in terms of your child’s academic growth the summer slide is the decline in academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. Without the consistent practice that your child typically receives at school, their reading, writing, and math skills may decline.

Learning with SOL offers simple solutions to ensure that your child’s skills do not decline over the summer. Caregivers can take several steps to prevent summer learning loss in their children. Here are some effective strategies:

Encourage reading

Encourage your child to read regularly during the summer. Set aside a specific time each day for reading and create a cozy reading environment. Reading aloud for just 20 minutes a day leads to gains in vocabulary, comprehension, and background information. Visit the local library together and let them choose books that interest them! If your child is able to read independently, make it a goal to read for 20 minutes every day. Daily independent reading will help your child build fluency.

Create a learning routine

Establish a consistent learning routine during the summer. Set aside dedicated time for educational activities, such as practicing math, writing, or engaging in educational apps or online platforms. IXL is a great online tool to practice these skills on the go! All of our students get access to an IXL subscription when they enroll in our tutoring program. Consistency is key to maintaining learning progress.

Explore educational activities

Encourage your child to engage in educational activities that align with their interests. This could include science experiments, educational puzzles, games, writing a journal, or creating art projects that promote learning. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about the educational activities that our family enjoys!

Plan educational outings:

Plan visits to museums, historical sites, zoos, or science centers. These outings provide hands-on learning experiences and spark curiosity in children. Take the opportunity to discuss and learn about the topics encountered during these visits. Stay tuned for more information about our monthly educational outing and virtual events!

Incorporate learning into daily life

Find opportunities to incorporate learning into everyday activities. For example, while cooking, involve your child in measuring ingredients and discussing fractions. During car rides, play educational podcasts or audiobooks. Our family enjoys cooking meals together using Hello Fresh! We also recommend that you check with your local library to gain access to free audiobooks; we use Libby!

Foster curiosity

Encourage your child to ask questions and explore topics that interest them. Support their curiosity by providing resources, books, and online materials to help them delve deeper into their areas of interest.

Be a role model

Set an example by engaging in your own learning activities. Let your child see you reading, learning new skills, or pursuing your own interests. Children often emulate their parents' behavior.

Remember, it's essential to strike a balance between structured learning activities and allowing your child to enjoy their summer break. Encourage them to have fun, explore new experiences, and recharge for the upcoming academic year.

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