Stopping the ‘summer slide’: What parents need to know

June 25, 2018 07:49 AM

School is out for the summer and a lot of kids risk falling behind. It's called the summer slide, but there are some things parents can do to help avoid this.

Experts say the key to preventing the summer slide is to make sure your child never stops learning. Studies show that over the summer months students can lose three to four months of their reading and math gains from the previous school year.

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This happens a lot in high-poverty areas like Rochester. To combat this issue, parents can make learning fun and encourage their children to read throughout the summer.

There are also apps that turn summer learning into a game -- Camp Wonderopolis is one of them. The app is a free summer learning game that can be taken anywhere to help your child practice all subjects.

John MacLeod with the National Center for Families Learning says this can make a big difference when it comes to your child's progression for the next school year.

"We created Camp Wonderopolis to help fight summer learning loss by still engaging them in content, working on reading comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary in a way that's more relaxed and a little more fun than a traditional classroom setting," MacLeod says.

Camp Wonderopolis can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren will also kick off her summer learning challenge Monday at 10 a.m at the Frederick Douglass Community Library on South Avenue. Kids can win prizes by reading and participating in programs at City R-Centers and libraries.


Kaci Jones

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