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Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss for Children

By Scott Evans, Community Investment Corporation

Summer is upon us! While our kids dream of lazy summer days filled with splash pads, friends and freedom –  we as parents may worry about “summer learning loss” and how to prevent our kids from experiencing the “academic summer slip-n-slide”. We certainly don’t want to take the “fun” out of Summer, however, it can be an opportune time to strengthen their academic skills.


Here are some tips to keep a child academically challenged over the summer:

Find Learning Activities

  • Look for summer camps, classes or workshops focused on academic subjects like math, science, writing, etc. 
  • Take advantage of free online resources, library books, museum visits, etc.
  • Look for hands-on projects, workbooks, educational games/videos aligned with your child’s chosen topics.

Let Your Child Choose Topics of Internet 

  • Allow your child to decide what subjects or topics to focus on over the summer. 
  • If your child has a passion for science, history, coding, etc., help them dive deeper with projects, museum visits, or online resources.
  • Encourage them to pick a new topic each week to research and teach you about what they learned.

Encourage Reading, Writing, and Problem Solving

  • Have your child read books above their grade level – allow them to have a say in the books they read.
  • Suggest keeping a summer journal or writing creative stories.
  • Look for math camps or competitions that make problem-solving fun.
  • Incorporate math into summer activities like cooking recipes with measurements, budgeting for a trip, calculating travel times,etc.

Set Goals, Track Progress, and Give Rewards

  • Work with your child to set achievable academic goals for the summer.
  • Use a calendar or checklist to track reading minutes, assignments completed, etc. and celebrate milestones.
  • Choose a reward your child will love, like an outing, ice cream or small prize, to help motivate them towards completing their goals

The key is finding ways to make learning interactive, hands-on and related to your child’s interests to prevent “summer slide”. With some planning, you can keep their mind engaged over the long break.