When summer break arrives, many parents and children look forward to the extended time off from schoolwork and student activities. However, families are increasingly turning to centers such as Lafayette Academy for tutoring sessions interspersed with summer’s fun and games, mainly to retain the knowledge and skills that their children acquired during the school year.
The Problem of “Summer Slide”
The most common reason for children to get summertime tutoring is to maintain their academic progress. Students who take a break from school in the summer undergo the so-called “summer slide,” by which they lose up to two months of the academic growth they experienced in the previous school year. Just as children gradually learn more while attending classes, they gradually lose knowledge and skills during the summer break, most often in the areas of reading and math.
Research also shows that older students are more likely to be affected by summer slides than younger ones. In other words, children are most likely to regress during the years when academic skills and knowledge are most difficult to obtain. The summer period thus produces a step backward in their education.
How Can Children Overcome Summer Slide?
To combat learning regression in the summer, children just need to practice their skills during the break. Summer tutoring provides the ideal opportunity for students to exercise their brains, keep up with their educational progress, and even move ahead. Thus, by the time September arrives, your children will be ready to pick up right where they left off in the previous school year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult for students to keep caught up with their studies, and there’s no guarantee that children will be returning to classrooms in the fall. Working with a tutor is the perfect way to help your child avoid the summer slide and get ready for academic success, no matter what the future may hold.
So, if you want your child to avoid the summer slide and catch up or even get ahead in their studies, register for our Summer K-8 Programs either online or at one of our centers (once they can be opened). Contact us today at Lafayette Academy.