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Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss with These Tips

July 25, 2016

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It’s the end of the school year, when families breathe a sigh of relief. After days filled with homework, class projects, and for many students this year, keeping up with online classes, it’s a chance to relax. But don’t put away the pens and pencils just yet — make sure you have a plan to help prevent summer learning loss.


Learning Loss?

The term “learning loss” describes the phenomenon that takes place during the summer when students “lose” some of the education they acquired the previous school year. Studies estimate that students lose one to three months’ worth of learning during the summer vacation. This could put them at a disadvantage in the fall.

Here are some of the many things you can do to keep learning alive this summer.

Preventing Math Loss

Dr. Harris Cooper, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and author of an often-cited study on learning loss, says that students lose most when it comes to math.

No matter what grade your kids are in, you can help them prevent math loss by encouraging them to use tools as measuring, budgeting and studying during the summer.

  • Help smaller kids to retain fractions by asking them to help with cooking. Following recipes is a great way to practice practical mathematics.
  • Encourage older kids to start a savings account.
  • Have your kids watch grade-appropriate mathematics videos and other relevant content on

Preventing Reading, Writing and Comprehension Loss

Reading during the summer helps students maintain their language and comprehension skills, build on what they’ve learned during the school year and expand their interests.

  • Join the Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza
  • Regularly browse the local library’s collection, including eBooks that can be downloaded to tablets and computers.
  • Encourage kids to read fiction and nonfiction books tied to the lessons they’ll be learning in the coming school year.
  • Help kids to read toward their interests by introducing them to biographies of artists, writers, musicians, leaders and historical figures.
  • Encourage kids to keep a journal about what they’re reading or doing, or about anything that is on their minds. A regular writing practice will help them build the comprehension and critical-thinking skills necessary for success in school and life.

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