As the school year comes to a close in districts across the nation, many parents and educators look for resources to prevent summer learning loss in students.
Sixty-four percent of parents are aware of summer learning loss, often referred to as the “summer slide,” according to research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report.
According to a Brookings study, “Students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning” and “declines were sharper for math than for reading.”
This loss of academic skills is especially worrisome for at-risk students and for students who struggled to meet learning goals during the school year.
Public libraries are a top resource for parents to ensure their child is reading over the summer, and online tools offer another avenue for teachers and parents who want to give children access to learning materials during summer break.
Check out some of the following resources to prevent summer learning loss:
1. Texas Instruments has launched a STEM Squad to keep learning going throughout the summer. From now through September, TI’s STEM squad will visit school campuses across the country, offering project-based learning activities that make important STEM concepts relevant in real-world, meaningful ways. TI will also host live, virtual field trips throughout the summer to give even more students an opportunity to engage with STEM.
2. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, which kicked off on May 7, runs through Sept. 7, 2018. Students can log their reading minutes online to earn digital prizes as they complete weekly reading challenges and gain access to 18 reading activities (one per week), including games, quizzes, and videos based on the Harry Potter series. The challenge is free and is online and mobile-friendly.