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Summer Learning

Our 2019-20 school year was unlike any other we’ve experienced. We know that many families are worried more than ever about the so-called summer slide, students losing core reading and math skills over the extended break fom school, and how their student(s) will be prepared for school in the fall.

Below is some information about how the summer slide can impact student learning and important tips for making sure your student continues to practice their reading and math skills over the summer.

What Is The Summer Slide?

  • On average, more than two months of reading and math skills are lost over the summer break.
  • About six weeks in the fall are spent relearning old material to make up for summer learning loss.
  • Summer learning loss can be recognized as early as first grade.
  • By the end of sixth grade, students who have experienced summer learning loss over the years are an average of two years behind their peers.
  • By the end of grade 12 students who have experienced summer learning loss over the years are an average of five years behind their peers.

How Can You Avoid The Summer Slide?

  • It only takes two to three hours per week during summer vacation is needed to prevent any learning loss.
  • One of the best ways to maintina reading skills is to read every day for at least 20 minutes. If your student is still learning to read, read out loud to them. Read non-fiction, fiction, eBooks, poetry, newspapers, and have them read out loud to you! King County Libraries have books available and a great summer reading program for all ages.
  • Keep a journal, you can use words, pictures, or multimedia, to capture thoughts and memories about your summer activities, highlights, and learning.
  • Listen to Audio Books in the car, at home, or on a walk.
  • Write! It can be a letter to a friend or relative, a book or comic book, or interview family and friends as characters.
  • Learn a new technical skill like graphic design, coding, or web design.
  • Use math, reading, and following directions in trying a new recipe.
  • Work on puzzles, Sudoku, brainteasers, crosswords, or word searches.
  • Plant a garden or flower and record as it grows.