The Mechanics of Summer Learning Loss and Unique Solutions for Your Child

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Ask any K-5 school teacher what are the two words they dread the most when they begin teaching a new class, chances are they’ll answer “summer slide”. More formally referred to as summer learning loss, the phenomenon has been studied extensively by many researchers, and the statistics are overwhelming. Math, in particular, is the most severely hit. Students on an average lose 2.5 to 3 months’ worth of math learning during the holidays. This essentially means that children spend about 6 weeks re-learning the concepts that they already studied the previous year.

To make matters worse, researchers have found that by the end of Grade 5, children who experience summer learning loss are, on an average, 18 months behind their peers. Naturally, the need to avoid this summer brain drain cannot be overemphasized.

Summer Learning Loss Statistics

Summer Learning Loss Statistics

Now, what should you do to prevent the summer slide?

The answer is obvious and, thankfully, simple. The goal is to have your child practice math and reading for 20–30 minutes per day. One way to achieve this is to enroll your child into a summer educational camp, something that is engaging yet effective. However, more often than not, such camps come at a hefty price. This gives rise to the need for cost-effective and fun ways to keep your child learning over the summer. The idea is to incorporate learning into everyday activities so that your child doesn’t feel overburdened, enjoys the vacation thoroughly, and makes the best out of it.

Now imagine a program that has all these features but doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. Yes, Splash Math Summer Program is here to take away all the stress of ensuring that your child doesn’t experience summer learning loss and gets ready for next grade math. The program helps a child review key skills learned in the previous grade, while gradually introducing them to next grade math. The program also includes printable enrichment packets loaded with fun riddles, personalized and adaptive math modules with weekly progress reports, and unlimited offline access. All these features come packaged in highly interactive and engaging themed environments.

Click here if you would like to have a quick peek at the summer program launching June 1.