What is Summer Learning Loss?
- Children experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities over the summer.
- Children typically score lower on standardized tests at the beginning of the school year than they did just a few months before, at the end of the school year.
- Students typically lose on the average 2.6 months of math skills over the summer.
What Can Parents Do
to Prevent Summer Learning Loss?
- Keep Learning Alive over the Summer in Virginia – Websites recommended by the Virginia Department of Education to support summer learning
- Summer Math Challenge – Sign up your child in grades 2 – 5 for a free, email based, six-week summer math skills program
- Planning summer travel in Virginia? Check out these historic sites and historic homes in Virginia, and make history come alive.
- What books would your child enjoy this summer? Get an appropriate book list here by scrolling down to “I don’t know my Lexile measure” and entering your child’s grade. Print out the list to take to the library. And remember, most libraries have summer reading programs especially for children!
- When your children are looking for something to do this summer, encourage them to check out these Great Websites for Summer. They make learning fun!