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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Have You Heard About Summer Learning Loss?

Picture of Fern Smith's Carson-Dellosa's Summer Brigdes Post
 This Is My Terrific Gift From Carson-Dellosa!
I was shocked when I read Carson-Dellosa's press release. Research shows that many children, especially those already struggling, summer learning loss can add up to long-term academic setbacks. Studies show that students can lose up to two and a half months of learning over the summer, with the most significant losses occurring in essential math and spelling skills.
 
 In addition, summer learning loss can add up to staggering effects later in a student’s academic career. Certain studies indicate that by sixth grade, students who experienced summer learning loss at the elementary level could be up to two years behind their peers.
 Even more interesting, 75 percent of the parents in the study said they wish schools would provide more information to help them prevent summer learning loss. I think if we tell our parents about ways and products to help them, even if only one parent uses something, as teachers we've at least made an effort to help all of our students.
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Come back and visit on Saturday, May 18th. I'm going to have a weekend contest, easy-cheesy, so you can win the grade level of your choice!
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2 comments:

  1. I know that at my school, the 1-3 grade teachers account for 'summer learning loss' when planning their beginning of the year. We know that our students loss a significant amount each summer so we try to work in a lot of review from the previous year. It's one of the reasons that I would like to try year round schooling in my district. Several years, they have done some sort of reading challenge- like don't lose a level, or move up one or more levels, etc.

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    1. I like the idea of a challenge. My kids are in 9th and 12th now, but we would have loved a reading challenge when they were little. Thanks for the great idea!
      ~Fern

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