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Avoiding Summer Slide

Literacy, Parent & Family Engagement | 06/22/2017

Jeani Frickey Saito
Executive Director

Summer is officially here!

How are things going for your family? At my house, the past few weeks have been equal parts exciting and exhausting as my three kids wrapped up another year of school. Now we are settling into the summer months and adjusting to our new schedule. I'm also working hard to make sure that they stay engaged and learning this summer so we can avoid summer slide.

Each year, thousands of students struggle with summer learning loss, or summer slide, which is the tendency for kids to forget some of what they learned in school. Students who experience summer slide start the new school year behind, even if they were on grade-level before, and over time they may find it hard to catch up and ultimately not be ready to graduate.

Parents play a critical role in ensuring that their children continue learning throughout the summer. In addition to watching our webinar, here are some tips to consider: 

  1. Talk to your child’s teacher to see if the school offers a summer reading program.
  2. Make the most out of reading with your child 20 minutes EVERY DAY! 
  3. Check out summer reading programs at your local library.
  4. Ask your librarian for help picking out books to keep your child challenged and interested.
  5. If you are traveling, listen to and discuss books on tape or have your child read aloud as many letters or words on signs they pass.
  6. Have your student write in a journal. Need ideas for what to write about? Here are age-appropriate suggestions from Edutopia.

Reading is about learning and having fun! 

Check out Read Now Colorado for more ideas about how you can help your student stay engaged throughout the year.

 Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer.

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