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Summer Slide is Real - Ways to Slow it Down


“Summer Slide” is real, and in the case of reading skills, not a good thing. Research from Harvard Graduate School of Education says, “On average, students lose 2.6 months of learning in math during the summer break.” The Department of Education in Colorado said that “On average students lose 1-2 months of reading during the summer with those learning losses adding up each summer.” This loss happens if students purely leave school at school. Meaning, that they only work on numeracy and literacy while at school. There are many ways to prevent the “Summer Slide” and below are some resources and ideas!


Three Ways to Prevent Summer Slide: Reading every day, reading aloud, and reading 6 books over the summer are suggested by this article as ways to prevent the summer slide in reading.


15 Fun Ways to Stop the Deadly Maths Summer Slide: Reading math stories, cooking / baking, playing cards, or even set up a lemonade stand are a few suggestions from this article.


In addition, the Chatham Area Public Library and Lincoln Library both help combat summer slide with summer reading programs for kids. Here’s the link for the Chatham Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge: https://chathamlib.beanstack.org/reader365; and here’s a link for their Summer Reading Camps: https://chathamlib.regfox.com/book-camp.

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