Combat Summer Slide!  - Hearing and Speech Agency

Combat Summer Slide!

Summer slide, or summer learning loss, is a challenge for all students. Research shows that the summer months can lead to a loss of months of progress in key subjects. As students age, this slide becomes bigger and the gap between those with summer enrichment and those without grows larger and larger. However, summer slide doesn’t have to be a part of your child’s story! These evidence-based strategies can help you infuse learning into a variety of summer experiences.



1. Visit your local library

Many libraries have summer programs (with prizes!) to encourage kids to keep reading when school is out. If your library isn’t, check out national programs like the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. While you’re there, ask your librarian about any summer camps, activities, or other events the library is hosting over the summer. Not only will your child be able to explore books to their heart’s content, you’ll be able to relax in the air conditioning and do some reading yourself.

2. Lead by example

    No matter your child’s age, reading aloud can help them build fluency and increase comprehension. Ask your child to read part of a book to you every day. The length of the passage will vary based on your child’s age, but anything from a sentence to entire chapters is a great way to maintain and improve reading skills. Even better: take time to read to your child (of any age). This will introduce them to new vocabulary, spark conversation, and encourage them to ask questions to ensure their comprehension.

3. Embrace technology

    While a summer spent vegging out in front of the TV is not helpful, technology can be a great tool for summer learning! Check out virtual field trips and other resources to engage your kids in topics that interest them. Older students may enjoy video editing or storyboarding programs that help them express what they’ve learned through reading or present on a topic they love.  

4. Get hands-on

    DIY projects allow real-world opportunities for students to practice important skills. Have a garden? Let your student research the best seeds to buy and where to plant them. Looking to go on a weekend trip? Your student can look up the best spots to stop along the way! If you’re feeling particularly brave, they can even create an agenda for the weekend. DIY projects show kids that the skills they learn in school are applicable in a wide variety of ways. Check here for more project ideas.


With these tips in your toolkit, you can help your student continue to grow over summer and battle summer slide! If you aren’t able to spend the days at home over the summer, as many of us can’t, look for mentally-stimulating activities as a part of the summer program(s) you research for your children. Most programs will blend recreational activities with hands-on and directly academic activities to help keep students sharp when they return to class in September.

If your child learns best with increased repetition and regresses after even a few days without this structure, they may benefit from an extended school year program. Talk to your education team to find out what options are available in your area and to determine what will work best for your child.


If you are interested in summertime educational programs for children ages 2-5, look into HASA’s Educational Childcare Program online or by visiting us at our next Open House.

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