A Parent’s Guide To Avoiding The Summer Slide
Summer is upon us and many of us are making plans that include travel and vacation joy. Your plans may even include a visit to the pool and a fun trip down the slide into some refreshing pool water. Although that slide may be enjoyable, there is another slide that you want to avoid and that is the summer slide.
Yes, the summer is often thought of as a break for children, but it is also a time when some children, without the routine of attending daily classes, fall behind. So much so, that educators refer to this dip as the summer slide. The Brookings Institute defines the summer slide as a phenomenon when students “start the academic year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of the summer break.”
The slide can affect children of all backgrounds because time away from school often signals time away from learning. The good news is that parents can take an active role in stopping or minimizing the impact of the summer slide. The key is having an educational plan in place for the summer.