As summer begins, students start their long-awaited break from school. It’s a wonderful time of fun, playing outdoors, going on vacation, hanging out with friends, and so much more! But amidst this excitement and fun, lies the often forgotten “Summer Slide.” The Summer Slide refers to when students begin to lose and forget the knowledge and skills they gained during the school year.
This loss of learning is also referred to as “Brain-drain” or “Summer Learning Loss” and according to many studies can have quite a substantial impact on students. So, what can students and parents do to prevent this? Listed below are suggestions that can help with the summer slide according to articles from both the Washington Post and Educationworld.com.
Do something new
Plan a vacation with the family
Get a summer job
Do volunteer work
Go to an outdoor movie festival
Start a family book club
Do something that opens your world
Family reading programs
Specialized summer camps
Turn daily activities into learning opportunities
PRHS Media Coordinator, Regina Snelson, also commented, "This is the perfect time for students to keep their brain active by reading. The Union County Public Library has a great summer reading program that not only offers prizes for reading and recording what you read, but also has STEAM activities at their Monroe branch. Students should check out the UCPL website and see what's available to do this summer."
Whether by the pool or inside escaping the heat, remember to avoid the Summer Slide!