As students prepare for summer, many parents ask their child’s teachers what they can do to support their child academically over the eleven-week vacation. The “summer slide” is a real issue for students, and we want to ensure that we equip our students and their families with the tools needed to keep academic skills sharp over the summer so that our students can hit the ground running when they return in August.
According to a recent study conducted at Duke University, students’ summer learning losses are greater for math than for reading – all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, lose about 2.6 months in their grade-level equivalency in computational ability over the summer.
The “summer slide” is certainly not limited to math, and we strongly encourage all of our students to make reading a consistent part of their summer routine. Participating in the Canyon View Summer Reading Program is one way to stay motivated to read over the summer months. Information on this program was sent out last week to all Canyon View households.
Another way of countering this slide is through the routine practicing of reading and math skills. Below, you will find various websites and educational apps that our grade level teams recommend for their students. Many of these recommended websites and apps were used throughout the school year, and this will provide some consistency for our students this summer.
Whether you choose to use the recommended websites or other resources that can be found online, having your child complete as little as 30 minutes of reading or math each day this summer will make a difference. Literacy and numeracy are essential to every child’s success, and we want to ensure that our children are moving forward, rather than sliding backwards over summer.
Have a wonderful and safe summer vacation!
Rob Henikman Principal