Children Have Learning Loss over Summer Break

Experts say activity can help avoid the "Summer Slide"

Megan Lynch
June 24, 2018 - 1:55 pm
Happy children in the pool, three active friends with pleasure jumping tho the water, enjoying summer holidays on the beach resort

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O'Fallon, IL (KMOX) - Your children spent the school year trying to get the best grades they could, but they may lose some of what they learned over the summer months.

Some educators call it the "Summer Slide".

Judy Cornell, Director of Parent and School Partnerships with Sylvan Learning Center of O'Fallon, Illinois, says summer learning loss can be significant.  "It is very real.  Research shows that students can lose as much as 30 percent of their school year learning over the summer."

Cornell says the declines are slightly higher in math than in reading.  She also points out there's often greater loss at higher grade levels or with students already behind peers.

She says summer break learning doesn't have to be work.  Fun outings to St. Louis destinations such as the zoo or science center, attending day camps, and athletic activities can keep kids' minds sharp.