Ninety percent of students in America will be at risk for potentially damaging summer learning loss. According to the National Summer Learning Association, summer learning loss is 1-3 months of lost academic skill and knowledge over the course of the summer. The loss depends on the grade level, subject, and family income. Remember all that time spent on math homework and trying to help your child understand math problems? Well, it could all be lost in the short summer break. Math takes one of the biggest hits with students losing about 2.6 months worth of grade level equivalency in math computation skills during their summer break. Summer learning loss isn't a temporary phenomenon. The losses accumulate over the years and eventually leads to students performing under their grade-level. This causes higher drop out rates and a lower number of students headed to college.
Who does it affect?
Every child! However, families with low income tend to lose the most knowledge during the summer due to lack of resources. Students in lower income brackets tend to have unequal access to summer learning opportunities and many fall behind in their studies. It's estimated that as much as two-thirds of the achievement gap is the result of summer learning loss. As a result, low-income youth are are less likely to graduate high school or attend college.
Make time for learning!
15 to 30 minutes a day is all it takes!
Check out a public library to find books of interest and any free summer reading groups it may offer.
Work on a few math problems per day to keep math skills sharp.
Make math fun - take advantage of any math games, apps, or websites you can find.
Take mini vacations or trips to broaden general background knowledge. Visit local areas that provide opportunities for learning. Take the time to let your kids experience some hands-on learning.
Find summer school classes or other summer camps/programs that make learning fun and will help eliminate learning loss.
What can you do today to stop the slide?
Enroll your child in your local Boys & Girls Club!
Why Boys & Girls Clubs?
We provide learning opportunities. One of our 5 Core Programming Areas is Education and Career Programs. We provide learning opportunities for youth through books, technology, and our caring staff and volunteers.
We go on field trips! We enjoy taking our youth to places they may have never been and to experience new things. You never know what could turn in to a learning opportunity.
We provide a safe place for your child to make new friends. More than 11% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have to care for themselves over the summer. Due to the high cost of child care, many low-income families must leave their children unsupervised, leading to a greater level of learning loss. Students who are alone for most of the day during the summer are also at a higher risk of alcohol and drug use, engaging in criminal behavior, and dropping out of school.
We keep your child active! A 2007 study found that most children, especially those already at risk of obesity, gain weight more rapidly over summer break. Two of our other 5 Core Programming Areas are Healthy Lifestyles and Sports, Recreation and Fitness. We provide nutrition education, a healthy meal and snack, and plenty of opportunities for play!