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Let’s Prevent Summer Slide

Avoid summer learning loss and have fun along the way

Summer is almost here! Those three sparkling months of swimming, hiking, and soaking up the sun are just on the horizon. Unfortunately, with all that fun comes math learning loss that teachers dread having to address in the fall. The National Summer Learning Association says students can lose up to three months of academic growth during the summer break. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “summer slide”. Not to mention many students have experienced unfinished learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and interruptions to schooling. It certainly can feel overwhelming trying to keep kids from falling behind in math.

The good news is that it takes just 80-90 minutes a week to keep math skills toned and avoid summer slide altogether. There are lots of fun ways to practice math at home or outside.

At DreamBox we have created an activity sheet called “Six Activities to Keep Students Engaged in Learning”  this summer. For example, simple card games can help younger children practice addition and subtraction. You can multiply miles per gallon on a family road trip, or play strategy games, like checkers or tic-tac-toe, in the evening. For students old enough to study algebra and geometry, they can keep those skills sharp with pattern recognition in numbers, shapes, or objects.

Other ideas for summer math practice include:

  • Having children draw geometric shapes and then examining the angles and parallel lines with them.
  • Inviting your child to create a three-dimensional structure from a building set.
  • Baking together and talking about how to measure ingredients.
  • Counting, calculating, and estimating seeds and rows as you plant a small garden together.
  • Using sidewalk chalk to practice addition & subtraction and multiplication & division.

We also have a wide variety of activity suggestions here.

A more formal online math program is a great option too. If your student has a DreamBox Learning account through their school, you can easily set up parent access at home. Summer slide and unfinished learning don’t stand a chance! In the 2019-2020 school year, U.S. students who averaged 5+ lessons a week achieved 1.58 levels of growth.  Encourage your student to complete 5 lessons a week this summer and set them up for success in the new school year!

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