Ways to Prevent the Summer Slide

The dreaded summer slide...when students come back to school in September and have forgotten everything they learned.  Teachers grit their teeth and say, "Sure, the curriculum pacing guide can wait 2 weeks while I re-teach 3rd grade."  The good new is, just like forest fires, you can prevent it!

Now I know what you're going to say: "My kids whine and complain when they do work in the summer." Believe me, I was that kid! When I was in elementary school, my mom used to plunk down a math or language arts review workbook, and I couldn't play outside until I had finished the assignment of the day. Mom's intentions were great- as a teacher, I totally understand it (and thanks, Mom)...but as an 8 year old, I hated it. But there are so many more engaging ways to learn during the summer, instead of through a boring workbook page.   Here are just a few.

These are great ways to prevent the summer slide and have some meaningful family time as well. 
Looking for more ideas? Here are some great ones for kids young and old! Your backyard can be your classroom, so get out and explore!

On behalf of all teachers everywhere, thank you for doing your part to prevent forest fires the summer slide. What are some other ways you've found to prevent the summer slide?


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