Avoiding the "Summer Slide"

With the long holidays fast approaching, I thought it timely to share with you some tips for avoiding the “Summer Slide”. The “Summer Slide” refers to the decline of academic skills over the holiday period. We often see at the beginning of a school year that children are not writing at the same level or reading at the same level they had previously achieved. To avoid this, the answer is simple…keep it up over the break!

While we want children and families to rest after what has been an enormous year of learning and growing, the need to practise literacy skills remains vital. Some suggestions are:

  • Talk or play a game! Taking the time to catch up and have a great conversation with your child models important oral literacy skills

  • Join your local library

  • Write a journal/diary (online or book version)

  • Let children help in the kitchen, cooking and baking involve lots of rich discussion, literacy and numeracy.

  • Encourage children to help write Christmas cards, shopping lists, back to school lists etc.

  • Head out to museums, art galleries and libraries over the break. They will often run excellent workshops that will have your child following instructions, reading, creating and talking! Many are free!