I’ve been hearing this term quite a bit lately and no it’s not a really cool water slide at Six Flags.
Summer slide is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Additionally, parents often cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure that their children have productive things to do.
To prevent this while still enjoying summer break, CBS Boston recently aired a segment where teachers offer tips to promote learning, and avoid the summer slide. Such as sailing or playing in the bogs to learn about science, and working with money to brush up on math skills.
Other options include taking up a musical instrument, this can be as simple as introducing a child to a new instrument at a summer community event -many local organizations like the YMCA or Boys & Girls Club of America also have free programs offering summer music instruction.
There are a lot of great resources for parents in Massachusetts to help kick the summer slide: