As temps rise and the school year routine becomes a distant memory, kids are at risk of losing the skills they learned in the previous grade, a phenomenon widely known as the summer slide. Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. Luckily, there ways parents and caregivers can beat the summer slide (and the heat) when their kids are out of school.
- Make a Frozen Treat: Popsicles are not just a good way to cool off this summer, they can also help teach your child about reading and math. Have your child read a recipe (like this one for strawberry watermelon ice pops), measure the ingredients together, read a book while they freeze, then enjoy!
- Find a Pen Pal: Writing letters is a great way to keep your child’s mind working this summer. Find a pen pal, possibly a friend or a cousin living in another state, and have your child write (or type) letters about what they are doing over their break. Send via snail mail to teach your child how to address and stamp a letter.
- Visit the Library: The library not only offers refuge from the heat, but they offer cool prizes for reading during the summer months. Both Mid-Continent Public Library and the Kansas City Public Library run summer reading programs locally. Visit www.mymcpl.org/kids/srp & www.kclibrary.org/summerreading to learn more.