The summer slide, brain drain, summer slump – whatever you call it, learning that is lost over the summer break can be problematic, especially for students who are already struggling. Studies show that students typically lose two months’ worth of learning during the summer months, and as was shared in a post last week, students typically score significantly lower on the same test at the end of the break, than they did at the beginning of the summer.
Engaging children in learning, whether through formal summer school courses, or informal learning opportunities, is essential to minimizing the effects of summer learning loss. Summer school courses are perhaps the best prevention for learning loss, particularly if students need extra reinforcement of difficult concepts, or need to recover credits. However, even if students are not enrolled in summer school, learning shouldn’t stop just because the school year is technically over.