EdConnection

EdConnection

Fight the “summer slide”

5/29/2018

Parents and summer caregivers can combat summer learning loss by encouraging students to access free online tools that promote reading and maintain math skills during the summer break. Customized materials to launch and enhance summer learning initiatives in reading and math will be available across Ohio.
 
Research shows that students who do not read consistently during the summer can lose the reading progress they made during the school year; this phenomenon is known as the “summer slide.”
 
Summer reading with Find a Book
To encourage children and families to read independently throughout the summer, MetaMetrics—an educational research group—offers a free, research-based tool, Find a Book, to help students create personalized reading lists and locate those books at the nearest libraries or booksellers. Follow these steps to find a book:

  • Go to Fab.lexile.com;
  • Enter the child’s Lexile measure or grade level;
  • Pick books that match the reader’s interests; and
  • View and refine the search results.
Summer Math Challenge
Children on average lose approximately 2.6 months of learning progress in math skills during the summer months.
 
To help remedy the summer math slide, MetaMetrics also offers Summer Math Challenge, a free math-skills program based on grade-level standards that helps prepare students for college and careers. The program is targeted toward students who have just completed grades 1-8 and is designed to help them retain math skills they learned during the previous school year.
 
The Summer Math Challenge begins June 18 and runs through July 27. As part of the program, parents receive daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources. Visit here to learn more and register.