The summer slide may sound like fun, but in fact research has shown that children can lose a lot of their mathematics and literacy proficiency in the long summer break, meaning the first few weeks of the new school year are often spent catching up on everything that’s been lost.
But the effects of the summer slide can be slowed or halted if children are involved in a range of learning activities over the break. And there are lots of ways to make this feel like fun!
Here are some of our top tips that you can send home with them:
1. Get a library card
Public libraries offer all the books a kid could possibly want – for free! Send home a reading list they can choose from, or let them choose themselves. Encourage parents to read with the child and to discuss the books they’ve read. Libraries also provide free internet and access to computers, and often run their own reading programs.
2. Go grocery shopping
They can practice their reading while finding the right ingredients, and use mathematical skills in working out quantities and money.
3. Get outdoors
Get out and about in parks, gardens or anywhere you can, and collect outdoor items such as stones, leaves, sticks and flowers. Use them to create patterns and shapes, or for simple arithmetic for younger children.
4. Get cooking
Involving kids in cooking can be great (if messy) fun. They can read the recipe lists, working out quantities and timings, and feel proud of the tasty treat they have produced. Plan what you’ll need before your trip to the grocery store for extra engagement and project learning.
5. Get on Sumdog
We’re here to help you beat the summer slide! Sumdog can be used at home or in libraries, so kids can keep up a bit of practice over the summer. Every week where a child completes 30 minutes of practice we’ll reward them with 100 bonus coins! Find out more about beating the summer slide with Sumdog.
6. Play family games
As well as providing important family time, board games that involve any kind of math or counting, or word games like Scrabble or Bananagrams, can help keep skills fresh while having fun.
Got any of your own ways to keep learning up over the summer? We’d love to hear them! Just comment below.