Are you ready for the summer?
Parents report that summer is one of the most difficult times to find productive things for their children to do. At the same time, research shows, that all young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities over the summer. Unfortunately, young people without access to stimulating activities, who often come from lower-income homes, may be hit harder by this "summer slide".
The Good News: You can help your child have fun and learn at the same time.
Luckily, every family can do something to help stop summer slide. The ideas and resources in Do The Summer Countdown! range from free to fee-based, and from simple to super complex so you can choose the activities and ideas that best fit your family’s budget and lifestyle.
So, get inspired and help stop summer learning loss now! Follow these simple steps and Do The Summer Countdown! to help keep your kids’ bodies and brains active all summer long – and retain more of what they learned in school.
Do the Summer Countdown!
0 Soda pop – Drink more water
Don’t forget to check out the Sprockets Program Finder to find fun activities and programs that match your child’s age and interests.
“Summer Slide” is Real
During the summer months, most young people forget some of what they learned during the previous school year. Unfortunately, children who are not exposed to stimulating activities during the summer months often fare worse than those who are. Your family may already be planning activities that spark “informal learning” – camps, sports, trips to museums or libraries, summer reading, family vacations.
If you haven’t made plans for the summer, it’s time to get started.
Young people who don’t participate in stimulating activities or have access to informal learning experiences may start to fall behind their peers. This can create a “learning gap” for these children.
Each summer the gap slowly widens, as shown in this video narrated by NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams. By the end of 5th grade, children who don’t have access to stimulating summer activities, especially those from lower-income households, may be as much as 2 ½ - 3 years behind their peers. This summer learning loss continues throughout elementary school and has long-lasting consequences that can impact whether or not a child ultimately earns a high school diploma and continues on to college.
But there is good news. All families can take steps to help stop summer learning loss now.