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Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

by Michelle Dempsey M.S., CPRW

Wondering how to keep your child interested in learning during the summer months?

Trust me, you’re not alone.

Kids, parents, and everyone in between long for this time of year for so many reasons, but if you’re a parent who is going to have to get your child motivated for another school year come Labor Day, it would be wise to keep the chapter on learning open throughout the summer, too!

But how do you do that when your child so desperately needs a break from the hard work they’ve put in all year long?

I am a firm believer in letting kids be kids, let’s get that straight. We all need time to unwind, unplug, and disconnect from hard work. According to this article from Oxford Learning, between the end of one school year and the start of the next every student risks summer learning loss.


What does this mean?

  • Over 2.5 months of math skills are lost over the summer.
  • The equivalent of one month of learning is lost after summer vacation.
  • Six weeks in the fall are spent re-learning what was already taught the year before.
  • By the end of 6th grade, children who experience summer learning loss can fall up to two years behind their peers!

Frustrating considering how hard you’ve watched your child work, right?

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid these statistics and keep our children on track during the summer months. Not only will this help them stay motivated while having fun during their break, it’ll strengthen their retention rates year after year.

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