10 ways to fight summer slide

School is out for summer but that doesn’t mean learning needs to stop.

According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.

The Library’s summer reading program helps battle summer learning slide but here are 10 easy tips from NSLA to help you keep your kids learning all summer long.

  1. Read. Read. Read.
    Matthew Boulay, author of “Summer Matters,” suggests that summer reading should be fun reading. Set up a comfy and quiet space for your child to read and set an example by doing some quiet reading yourself.
  2. Have fun with numbers.
    Find creative ways to practice math. You can print worksheets online or practice practical math by tallying the grocery receipt.
  3. Turn off the TV & tablet screens.
    Smart-GirlBoulay encourages caregivers to limit screen time in the summer just as they do during the school year.
  4. Make art!
    Kids love to create and summer’s the perfect time for them to explore their inner Monet. If you are short on inspiration, try our Play Art program.
  5. Experiment with science.
    Watch an ice cube melt. Grow grass. Play with magnets. Just get out there and try some new science. 
  6. Eat smart & healthy.
    Without the structure of the school day, Boulay says kids tend to eat tons of junk food. Keep fresh fruits and veggies at the ready.
  7. Get outside.
    Take a hike, go for a bike ride or run. There’s so much free fun to be had in the sunny, summer months.
  8. Go to a museum.
    For every child with an interest, there is a museum with a special collection. Plan a trip there.
  9. Read a poem.
    Discover kids poets like Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky and Kenn Nesbitt at your library.
  10. Go to sleep.
    It’s tough with the sun is out but be sure to keep your bedtime routine in place during the summer months. 

If you need a little fridge inspiration, feel free to download and print the PDF of tips.

Summer Reading 2016