Updated: Oct 23, 2019
It's summer! I love the lazy days of summer and spending extra time with my girls! We love going to the pool, hiking and just being outside. However, they also have their summer work they have to do each morning. In our house this means reading, summer workbook pages, math facts, writing and practicing the piano. As a teacher and parent, I try to make sure my girls don't get caught up in the Summer Slip. Research shows that the average student loses at least a month's worth of learning over the summer! Yikes!
Here are some ways to help prevent your child from the Summer Slip:
* Participate in your library's summer reading program.
* Create a reading interest list to take with you to the library to look for new books.
* Encourage your child to read every day for at least 20 minutes.
* Get out and play! Limit time spent watching TV or playing video games.
* Summer is a great time to learn something new! Learn a craft, try a new recipe, play a new sport, visit new places - the possibilities are endless! Stretch your brain and enjoy!
* Board games and puzzles are a great way to keep your child's brain sharp!
* Bring word searches, mazes, Sudoko and other activity books on long car trips.
* Have your child write in a journal about summer experiences. It's a great to keep writing skills sharp and it's a nice keepsake to reread once summer is over.
However you decide to engage your child in learning this summer, don't forget to enjoy the sweet memories made as a family! Family time is the best time!