Parents: help kids avoid the summer slide
As we come to the end of the school year, it’s important to avoid the summer slide. It’s not a new dance nor a ride in the amusement park but it’s real. It’s the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. Summer academic loss is more pronounced in math facts, reading and spelling than in other skill areas. Numerous studies showed that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do at the beginning of summer. Summer loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about 1-3 month (Cooper 1996). Many kids are further compromised by going without adequate food for the body and the mind. Educators have known since 1906, that what starts as a hiccup in a 6-year-old’s education can be a crisis by the time that child reaches high school.