Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5 ways to stop the summer slide

Five Ways to Keep the Academic Momentum
Going During the Summer

Have you ever heard of the “summer slide”?  Many children lose a month or more of their academic progress during their time away from school.  Let's keep our children progressing.

 Here are five great ways to keep your child on the learning track:

1.   Read aloud.  Whether your child is a fluent reader or not, hearing stories read by a parent or special person has multiple benefits, including bonding, vocabulary skills, and generating interest in reading.

   2.   Have your child read aloud and silently.  Although it takes time, listening to your child read is worth the effort.  With an adult’s help, your child can read slightly more difficult stories.  Also, you can make suggestions occasionally.  For example, “Take a breath after a comma.”  For fun you can log the pages read and have a treat for every 500 or 1,000.  

3.  Model reading for pleasure.  Children value what’s important to their parents. 

  4.  Reduce screen time.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 2 hours of media entertainment per day. 

5.    Spend time learning together.  Cooking, gardening, building things, and family vacations – you can encourage curiosity and keep math, spelling, and science skills fresh.

this educational post got correct capitalization.  

may your summer be full of adventure.
and joy! 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great advice! Natalie is reading like crazy - I can't keep up with how many books she's going through! I think reading a book together is just the thing!!


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