Preventing Summer Learning Loss


blackboard-149433_640Retaining what is learned during the school year is vitally important during breaks, and this retention contributes to a student’s overall success in school. Educational research over the past hundred years confirms what most educators and parents fear most regarding summer break: the phenomenon known as “summer slide.” According to the John Hopkins Center for Summer Learning, all young people experience learning loss over the summer if they do not engage in educational activities. Most kids lose approximately two months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computational skills, and low-income students are in danger of losing even more than two months’ growth in reading achievement. The good news is that we can counteract this backward trajectory. In this webinar, presented by the Real World Literacy and the Common Core community on, Lisa Callahan discussed motivating students to apply their “school year” knowledge all summer long. Research shows that students who are provided with relevant, meaningful avenues by which to learn about and analyze the world around them can not only maintain their academic skills but also stretch their learning capacity. With engaging games, high-interest books, everyday math and science activities, and real-world journaling and scrapbooking, children can apply their academic skills throughout the summer months and have fun doing it. View the webinar to learn hands-on, practical strategies for preventing learning loss and keeping kids sharp all summer long.

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Real World Literacy and the Common Core is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides teaching ideas and lesson plans that are aligned with Common Core State Standards.  It is hosted by the editors of TIME For Kids and is a place where you can stay connected, share ideas, and get support from colleagues. You can post questions, start discussions, and get feedback from experts and peers on the issues and challenges you face every day. This program is sponsored by TIME For Kids.

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