Summer Learning Activities Can Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer learning activities can bring summer fun and learning together for the whole family. Summer reading is just one summer learning activity which can help prevent summer learning loss.

What Is "Summer Learning Loss?"

You send your children to school to learn, and guess what—they do! Their reading gets better, and all is right with the world. But unless they are involved in some kind of meaningful activity during the summer months, they could lose some of the skills they worked so hard to learn.

Studies show that when children begin a new school year in the fall, many are not reading as well as they did when they left school two months earlier! This is what is called “Summer Reading Loss” or “Summer Slide,” and it doesn’t have to happen to your child because there are ways to prevent it.

That’s what these pages are all about—helping you make sure your child holds on to the skills he learned in school this year. Here you will find simple suggestions and all kinds of fun games and activities that will help prevent Summer Reading Loss—and make this the best summer ever for you and your child.

The good news is that the activities suggested here don't have to cost money. In this economy, we are all having to be careful as we see gas and food prices climbing along with health care and almost everything else.

Now more than ever our children need some kind of training so that they will be able to find a job when they are ready to enter the work force. Some of the most readily available jobs don't require a college degree, but all require that kids graduate from high school able to read.

These summer activities will help insure that your child does not fall behind this summer.

Benefits of Play - The benefits of play are many because for children, play and learning are one in the same. Certain types of summer play can help prevent summer learning loss so let the games begin!

Car Games and Activities - Car games and activities can help prevent summer learning loss! Among these fun learning games are rhyming games and memory games for children.

Reading Together - Reading together is one of the best ways to help your child be successful when he/she returns to school in the fall. You can have lots of summer fun learning and reading with your child.


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Car Games
Car games and activities can help children be successful in school this year. Among these fun learning games are rhyming games and memory games for children.

Benefits of Play
The benefits of play are many because for children, play and learning are one in the same. Certain types of play can help your children learn, so let the games begin!

Reading Together
Reading together is one of the best ways to help your child be successful when he/she returns to school in the fall. It is a great time to bond so snuggle up together with a good book!




Other suggestions

  • Have real conversations with your child about everything you see and do. Answer his/her questions—and ask some of your own.

  • Read to and with your child at every opportunity and talk about what you have read.

  • Point our words on signs and labels at home and in stores.

  • Encourage your child to play outdoors and to run, hop, skip, jump, and balance.

  • Sing and dance to music at every opportunity.

  • Clap in time to music.

  • See and do things you have not done before, then ask your child what he/she saw and did.

  • When watching movies or television programs together, pause them and ask your child to tell you what has happened and what he/she thinks will happen next. Discuss the meaning of unfamiliar words.