LOS ANGELES (CBSDFW.COM) – Summer break is a time of fun for kids, but it can also be a time of learning loss. It’s called the “summer slide” and experts say a few simple tips can help keep your kids on track.
“Get them reading, get them to museums, or studying for a trip we might go on or whatever the case might be,” says Maggie Neilson.
Experts say keeping school skills sharp is vital over the summer to prevent regression. Studies show math and reading skills can decline significantly during summer months if the work isn’t kept up at home.
“A little bit of reading, you know, a couple times a week is all it really takes,” says Dr. Corinn Cross from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Cross says it’s especially important for younger students to keep the momentum going.
“You don’t want to really have pushed it and really tried to have learned how to read in kindergarten, first, second grade and then do nothing for two and a half months, because they really do fall behind. “
Along with reading about 30 minutes a day, experts say parents should encourage their children to write often over the summer… maybe keeping a journal or writing letters. Also, take time to review school assignments from the previous year. But they stress, it’s important to find a balance.
Experts say to also check out museums and community centers for free fun learning programs during the summer break.