Back to School: Reversing the 'summer slide'

Studies show that students can lose up to 20% of their school year gains in reading and 30% in math during summer vacation.

News 12 Staff

Aug 15, 2023, 9:28 PM

Updated 305 days ago

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With just a few weeks until the start of the new school year, parents and teachers are worried about the impact of something called "the summer slide". 
Seon Batson, the owner and founder of a tutoring center in Brooklyn, says it's a real thing.
"If your child is not engaged in some level of academic activities in the summer, I can guarantee you they will experience some level of loss," says Baston. "Just doing 20 minutes of reading can help with the vocabulary, can help with the writing skills. Thirty minutes of fractions can help keep them on track."
Batson adds it's important to make the work fun for the kids, since it is the summer and parents don't want it to feel like a burden or punishment.  He recommends going shopping and having the kids add up the bill and calculate discounts or use fractions while cooking.
For reading, Batson says go outside and have the kids act or rap their favorite parts from the book.
Even though it's the middle of August, Batson says it's not too late to have your kids start doing some work now because a few weeks is still better than nothing. 


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