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Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

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Note to students and parents: students can work on filling specific learning gaps in math using their "i-Ready" account. Access it through our school web-page. Select Students tab, scroll down to Clever, choose Log-in with Active Directory which will take you directly to Clever.
Curriculum Associates, the makers of i-Ready, recommends that students use i-Ready for a target of 45 minutes per subject per week (with a range of 30-49 minutes). Students performing on grade level must complete 45 min. of weekly instruction per subject. Those that are 1 year below grade level, complete 60 min. Lastly, anyone more than a year behind needs to complete 75 min. per week. Please keep in mind that these recommendations are merely suggestions to help students attain growth.



School’s Out! Avoiding the Summer Slide 

Core skills like reading, writing and math take practice. Just like playing a sport, you wouldn’t stop for months at a time and expect to maintain your progress. Regardless, many kids close their books at the end of the school year and wait until August to open them back up. The “summer slide” is real and it affects students every year.


Slipping Away

For a lot of students, the summer means falling behind in core subjects and, eventually, lower standardized test scores. So what exactly can students lose over the course of a two-month summer vacation? (1,2)


  • 2.6 months of math skills
  • 2 months of reading skills
  • Multiple grade levels of abilities
  • Over time, summer learning loss can create a performance gap of two to five years by high school. (2)
  • It also costs teachers and students time the following school year.
  • 4 to 6 weeks: Average time it takes to re-teach students the lost material in the fall (3)
  • And the summer slide overwhelmingly affects kids from lower income families more than others. By the end of fifth grade, students from lower-income families are often 2.5 years behind their peers. (4)


Beating Summer Brain Drain

However, there is hope. Teachers can encourage parents and students to participate in multiple activities to avoid the dreaded summer slide. (5)


Reading and Writing

  • Visit your local library for books and classes.
  • Take family photos and encourage scrap-booking.
  • Write letters to relatives and friends.
  • Listen to audio books on a road trip.
  • 9 in 10: Number of kids who say they would be more likely to finish a book they picked out themselves (3)
  • 62%:Percentage of kids who say they enjoy reading books over the summer (3)



  • Get cooking. Let kids learn to measure and mix.
  • Download math games on your tablet or smartphone.
  • Encourage kids to calculate mileage and times for road trips.
  • Create and run a lemonade stand to teach kids about managing money.
  • 2 to 3 hours: Time per week of practice or studying it takes to fully combat summer learning loss (1)


Other Core Subjects

  • Visit local history and art museums.
  • Find easy and fun science experiments online to do at home.
  • Visit a zoo and encourage children to keep a journal about the animals.
  • Plant and cultivate a garden. Teach kids about nutrition.


Physical Education

  • Sign kids up for a team sport of their choice.
  • Find local swimming lessons.
  • Encourage walking or biking with friends.
  • Find a park with open trails and playground equipment.
  • Regular physical activity during the summer can actually lead to increased concentration and improved test scores. (1)

Parent Resources:
i-Ready -
Students can still access this platform to work on learning gaps for both reading and math (guidance for access provided below info-graphic)
SumDog -
Free access for parent account (math)
Freckle -
Free access for family account (ELA, math, science and social studies) - once you are on website, scroll down to access Freckle at Home family guide