Avoid the Summer Slide
While summer is a great time for kids to relax, those who don’t maintain math and reading skills are likely to start school in the fall at a disadvantage. Many students lose up to two months of grade level competency if they don’t use those skills over the summer. This learning loss is called the “summer slide,” and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months. Students in the Adams-Friendship School District have the opportunity to avoid the summer slide by participating in the summer school program located at the Adams-Friendship High School. (See attachments below for offerings.)
Consider some other ideas to help your children keep their skills sharp and their bodies active!
For Elementary and Middle School Students:
- Visit the local library.
- Create a summer reading list with your children, and then reward them when they finish each book.
- Encourage creativity with arts and crafts. Sites such as kids.gov and NGA Kids have great ideas.
- Practice healthy eating habits. Find ideas for tasty and nutritious meals at Let’s Move! and kidshealth.org.
- Try out one of the summer sporting opportunities in the community.
For High School Students:
- Prepare for college. Setting aside at least one day a week to keep math and science skills fresh is an excellent way to start off the summer. The local library is an excellent place to find books full of practice problems – it’s quiet and air-conditioned.
- Sit down and discuss financial aid and other expenses. The Office of Federal Student Aid has prepared a checklist geared toward students of all ages. https://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists
- Take the time to start developing a professional resume. Finding a part-time job can help students gain valuable experience and line their pockets with a bit of extra cash.
Back to school time will be here before you know it. Help your child get a jump start for fall.