5 Ways To Avoid Summer Slide For Elementary Students

Any educator knows autumn is the season when we have to restart everything from the beginning. Even the most adept kids show regression since they did nothing but play throughout the summer.

With vacations around the corner, I strongly recommend thinking ahead to minimize the effect of the summer slide on your elementary students.

5 ways to avoid summer slide

Here are 4 proven and tested methods to avoid learning loss during summer months:

Summer assignments

I strongly believe summer assignment list is a must. This is especially true of subjects demanding constant practice, such as languages and Math.

A Math teacher? Assign tests and exercises that involve the materials they learned during the year. For those teaching languages, the best option is to assign learning a word every day, as well as give reading lists and exercises.

Besides helping kids, these assignments will benefit you too. Who loves spending the whole September on revising previous materials when you have to keep up with current curriculum?

Urge parents to read for the kids

Reading is good, but listening is important too. Students constantly listen to the teacher and classmates during the school year. It’s parents’ turn during the summer. Advise parents to go beyond school curriculum and read interesting materials involving arts, literature, culture and science. Besides, newspaper articles will be useful too. Let them gain some general knowledge on political, economic issues too!

As autumn comes, you’ll immediately notice, which parents completed their homework. Kids love taking new knowledge to the classroom!

Time for museums and theaters

Summer is not just about playing. Parents should make it useful for kids. After all, is there more convenient time for introducing kids to art and culture?

I always urge my parents to take kids to museums and theaters whenever they have time. Well, it must be a more frequent happening during the vacation.

You can make a list of museums and assign kids to write down their impressions after attending. Boosting both writing skills and knowledge!

Make it fun

What kids enjoy most? Fun! Let’s make it! There are dozens of high quality apps that provide teacher assistance to kids. Some of them are truly engaging. This is the best way to keep kids away from regressing.

Nowadays you can find apps on any subject. Moreover, most of them allow kids and parents to keep track of progress monitoring. It is much better than spending hours in front of video games.

I’ve recommended many useful apps to my readers. In case you consider applying one, you can do some research on my website.

Teamwork for summer

Right, teamwork is not only about school time. You should make kids cooperate during summer too. They can use a number of online tools to make presentations, compete quizzes etc. You can set deadlines too because games sometimes make students endlessly postpone homework assignments.

What I like about teamwork in summer is that the competition among classmates never leaves them.

To sum up, summer slide is for everyone! We need to make our classroom an exception.


Mother. Teacher. Keynote. Author

Erin Klein is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother.

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