Have you heard of the “summer slide”? And no, we don’t mean the fun playground equipment at the park! Summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session.
Numerous studies show that children who don’t read or engage in learning activities during summer vacation actually slip in reading and other academic abilities by the time school begins.
At New Horizon Academy, we have a few tips to help prevent summer slide:
- Have your child read at least 20 minutes every day.
This a great habit to get into, especially during the summer months. Set a timer, get comfy, and curl up with your favorite book for some quiet reading time.
- Spend time cooking together.
Cooking together with your children can not only be fun, but it can also help children to practice math and literacy skills. Have your children help to read the recipe step by step and do the measuring of the ingredients. At the end, you get the delicious food you cooked together!
- Visit your local library.
Visiting your local library is a great way to be able to get a large variety of books. Allow your child to read or look at the books on their own, have them read aloud to you, or you read aloud to them.
- Enjoy a new hobby together.
Find a hobby that you and your child both enjoy doing and that encourages your child to keep up with their academic skills (without your child knowing). For example, playing board games, doing puzzles, practicing a musical instrument, growing a garden, and more.
- Provide fun hands-on learning STEAM activities.
Click here for a variety of easy and fun at-home STEAM activities for you and your children to enjoy this summer!
These tips are easy to implement and encourage learning no matter the age and stage of your child.