Summer is officially here! Well, almost. It is a time to relax and have some fun. For parents and educators, however, it is time to ponder over the 'summer slide' -- a euphemism for the fact that students tend to 'unlearn' what they learned over the school year -- and how to arrest it.
Thankfully, experts are chiming in to help. Here are 10 recommended activities to stop the 'summer slide':
- Read to your children, or encourage them to read
- Visit local museums, parks, or universities
- Use apps that let them play, and learn
- Introduce them to computer programming
- Travel to historic sites or national parks
- Join clubs for niche interests and activities
- Encourage 'based-on-books' movies
- Play board games with the family
- Volunteer for your favorite charity
- Get them a job from your network of adults
Thats great! But before you get going, remember that the same experts agree that a little bit of downtime and a little of a 'summer slide' is actually a good thing. So tread lightly but stay the course, and the slide may be a lot of fun after all!