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“Summer Slide” is a real thing, and it’s not good.
Defined as the summer learning loss in academic skills that occurs over summer break, it can amount to a huge three-month loss in gained knowledge. That’s a lot of learning falling right out of kids’ sun-kissed heads.
But just because school is out, learning doesn’t have to be.
“Camp W” (our homegrown version of summer school) is in full swing at our house, which means a few hours must be dedicated to schoolwork every weekday – strengthening reading skills and comprehension with Harry Potter books and My Little Pony graphic novels; practicing fractions with construction paper pizzas; coloring inside the lines using nothing but shiny metallic crayons; exploring constellations way past bedtime; and getting hands-on with lightning bugs, snakes and butterflies.
The key is making lessons engaging enough to keep the attention of a soon-to-be kindergartner and third grader, while making them fun enough to gel with summer’s laid back vibe. It’s not as hard as it sounds, promise, and even Netflix can help.
When it’s time to indulge in a little screen time, introduce your kids to something educational – think documentaries about dinosaurs, orcas or even the moon. They can keep your little ones’ brains active all summer long and spark meaningful conversations about the world around us.
12 titles to try before back-to-school rolls around:
Pictured: Lewis & Clark: The Journey Out West, Wings of Life, Walking with Dinosaurs, Secret Yellowstone, The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans, Chasing Ice, When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, Food Inc., Blackfish, Turtle: The Incredible Journey, The Great Mouse Detective, Busytown Mysteries.
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