Things to Keep in Mind When Avoiding the Summer Slide

Most young people are out of school for about 10 weeks during the summer months. What do those out-of-school hours mean? Teachers often report that youth experience a “summer slide,” or a decrease in their students’ achievement over the summertime. At Click2Science, we think that summer is a great opportunity to give all kids a chance to engage in hands-on, minds-on learning! Here are some things to think about as you spend time with youth this summer.

Quality over quantity.

Whether you’re a working parent or a program leader in charge of 500 kids at camp, it’s important to remember that providing high-quality learning experiences a few times over the summer is better than spending eight hours a day in structured camps or clubs or classes. These deep learning experiences pay off big time, in increased graduation rates and even post-secondary success.

Just because it’s fun doesn’t mean it’s not learning.

Out-of-school time learning is supposed to look different; it’s a tremendous opportunity to engage youth in hands-on, local STEM learning. A visit to a local park, a walk around the block to pick up trash, writing letters, or even having a good conversation about a movie you’ve seen can all stimulate youths’ minds and connect them to their interests.

Plan ahead.

Are you involved in summer learning? Here are some additional resources to spark your planning: