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Preventing the summer slide

Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Extension Educator — Family Resiliency

June 2016

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Parents consistently complain about summer because it is the most difficult time to keep their children busy. Teachers are also concerned about children suffering from the "summer slide." That's the tendency for kids to forget reading and other skills they learned in school during the summer. Sometimes children lose a whole grade-level's worth of skills in the summer, requiring them to put in extra time in the fall to catch up with their peers at school.

What can you, as parents, do to prevent the summer slide? You can keep your children engaged in learning by getting them involved in educational programs and activities during the summer months. Here are some things you can do to prevent your children from experiencing the summer slide.

Above all, use your imagination to give your children fun learning experiences during the summer. You’ll find making small efforts now to help your children avoid the summer slide will yield big benefits for them in the future.

Looking for more ideas? Check out the related resources listed below.


Minnesota Department of Education. (n.d.). Summer Learning Opportunities.

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