Stopping summer slide: tips to keep your kids sharp for September

June 15, 2018 05:27 PM

Summer slide: the term used to describe when kids forget the lessons they learned in school over summer break. Some kids are more likely to suffer from summer slide than others.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your kids sharp for September.

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Experts at the Albany Public Library said every child can benefit from reading and writing just a little bit every day. They even created an incentivized program to keep kids noses in good books.

"So we have a little prizes once they hit some milestones of how many hours they read throughout the summer,” Assistant Director of Albany Public Library Melanie Metzger said. “We're trying to reach a goal of 10 hours throughout the summer and that's really not that hard to attain if they're reading you know 10-20 minutes a day."

Metzger said the Albany Public Library free summer reading program helps develop skills for the future.

"Reading in the summertime they can choose what they want to read and that's what we really promote is that recreational reading because not only does it work the brain in summertime but it also has been proven that the recreational reading is really what makes the kids lifelong learners,” Metzger said.

Though most libraries have reading programs for anyone who is interested, New York State United Teachers Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango said there are some students who are at a greater risk of suffering from summer slide.

"Elementary students can often lose up to a month of their performance over the summer and it's even higher and children who come from low income families,” DiBrango said.

While reading can help students in every subject, DiBrango said that's not the only way to keep kids learning. She recommends incorporating math and science into family trips or museum visits.

"We should think of learning in a variety of ways that enrich children's lives,” DiBrango said. “Reading and writing is great but also there's the arts and all the other things that kids really love doing."

DiBrango encourages utilizing the free programs offered by public libraries, state parks and museums.


Emily Burkhard

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