Summer’s almost here! Time for days at the beach, trips to the zoo, and, of course, keeping up with your academics. It’s not exactly something that students want to think about right now, but it’s important all the same. Lengthy summer breaks with no exposure to school materials, or no chance to practice some of the skills learned over the school year, lead to what’s known as the summer slide.

As Summer Matters, a California organization states, “Research shows children from low-income families are nearly three grade equivalents behind their more affluent peers in reading by the end of the fifth grade, due to summer learning loss.” They go on to state that the long-term effects of the summer slide are actually permanent, which is why our private school is so adamant about keeping up with education and learning over the summer. The good news is that there are a number of things your family can do to make a difference. Find out some strategies for maintaining academics and beating the summer slide, and visit our application timeline and overview pages to learn more about starting your academic career at EVCS!

Join a summer reading program…

Reading over the summer is one of the most essential things your student can do to help their education as a whole. Continual reading advances literacy skills, which are crucial for writing, speaking, and even subjects like math and social studies (because if you can’t read something, it’s going to be much more challenging to learn).

If your family doesn’t yet have library cards, it’s time to visit your local public library, and if you do have cards, summer is an excellent time of year to use them. Many libraries offer excellent reading programs and incentives for children who are reading over the summer, and can include anything from prizes to gift cards for completing a reading list.

… or create your own.

Hard-pressed to find a summer reading program? No problem — simply make one! Think of an activity that your child will love and present it as an incentive for finishing x number of books (though be sure to ask comprehension questions along the way). Plan a day for the two of you at a waterpark or have a picnic in a park, or even just go grab some froyo to celebrate. You could also grab a book yourself and hit up a great reading spot, like a cafe, and then have a mock book club for the two of you.

Reading should ultimately be an intrinsically motivated thing, but it doesn’t hurt to celebrate and encourage your kiddo along the way.

In our next blog, we’ll cover even more ways that you can make sure the summer slide doesn’t happen in your home. East Valley Christian School is committed to providing a holistic education to children, in which biblical principles and academic rigor go hand in hand. Contact our private school to learn more about how your child could benefit from joining EVCS!