Summer learning loss during COVID-19 is something we should all be aware of. You know as well as I know how your kids have struggled this spring with the schools shut down. On top of that, though, a new study in the American Education Research Journal that was published this week states that 52% of students typically lose an average of 39% of their total school year learning gains over the summer. The study was done over five summers with grades 1 through 6. The study included 18 million students in 7,500 school districts.
Too many kids have been impacted by school closures. The only redeeming point here is that all of our kids have been in the same boat. But what can you do about this learning loss? Is there something you as a parent can do? This is why summer reading programs are more important than ever.
What can a parent do?
Having a routine is essential to success. Routine gives all of us structure and a sense of accomplishment. Keeping our kids in a routine will help with their stress level, keep their brains in ‘work’ mode vs. ‘vacation’ mode, and help parents not turn into babysitters!
We have some recommendations to help:
- Have regular times for waking up, eating lunch, and having dinner.
- Create a routine for ‘study time’ (preferably the same time each day for a set amount of time). This can and should include reading for pleasure.
- Set aside time for exploration whether it is doing an activity in the yard or exploring cooking, creating with Legos, painting, doing puzzles, sock puppet shows, or crafts.
We have created an example schedule below. Feel free to modify this to a schedule that works for you and your kids. The key here is to try to create consistent times throughout the day for studies, eating, and family time.
At-Home and Online Summer Reading Program
We believe we can help you and your kids with our At-Home and Online Summer Reading Program for grades K-8. It includes the 5 key principles of reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics/spelling, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. We also include executive function activities (planning skills), games, and more to make it easier to learn. Daily activities are typically each 5 to 15 minutes in length.
You can increase your kids’ desire to read. You can improve their reading skills, memory skills, and comprehension skills. The Idaho State Librarian Stephanie Bailey-White recently told Education Dive that students who continue to read over the summer tend to gain a year or two over their peers who don’t. Now is the time to make a difference.
What grade level is your child entering in the fall of 2020?
Select a grade level to learn more about each individualized program: