Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Summer learning loss isn't temporary. Research shows that summer vacation may result in serious learning loss equivalent to months of school attendance in key areas like math and reading. Losses can accumulate over years, eventually resulting in students who perform below grade level.
Even if you think it doesn't apply to your child, take 1 minute and 54 seconds to watch this video. Not the best visual quality, but you can't judge a book by its cover :)
Now that I scared you a bit . . .
Establish a daily academic routine during your kiddos' summer vacation — use it or lose it! Post a schedule of daily academic tasks, complete with start and end times so students can pump those brain muscles during the summer. Academic activities + real-world experiences guarantee an active brain once it's time to head back to school.
To get started, check with your local library for their summer reading program. Take a look at The New York Public Library Summer Reading Challenge (complete with a chance to win a trip to a Yankees Game!). Check out their book lists and reading logs:
To view booklists sorted based on skills, topics, and more, click here.