Avoid the Summer Slide! How to help your child in the summer holidays

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Children may experience the ‘Summer Slide’ over the six week break where some of the knowledge and skills they have previously learnt are forgotten by the time they go back to school in September. Here are some ideas to help prevent this from happening and prepare them for the new school year:

  • Decide on a times tables challenge with your child. How many times tables can they learn over the summer holidays? Offer a reward if they achieve their target. Remember, ideally children need to be confident up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4. Look at my previous blog post on helping your child learn their times tables and another blog post on fun ways to learn the times tables for inspiration.
  • Have a look at the National Curriculum word lists for Year 3 & 4 (page 64) and Years 5 & 6 (page 71). Can your child get a head start and try and learn some of these words? Again, set a challenge with your child on how many words they could learn over the summer with a reward if they achieve their goal. Read my previous blog post on helping your child learn their spellings for ideas.
  • Depending on the age of your child, continue to regularly read with your child and ask them questions about what they have read. If they are older, encourage them to independently read regularly. Read my blog post on helping your child learn to read for more tips along with questions to ask your children after reading with them.
  • Try a trip to the local library to check out their range of books and any holiday reading activities they have planned.
  • If your child struggles with mentally adding and subtracting in their head, mostly relying on using their fingers, take a look at this blog post for ideas on how to help your child learn quick mental methods over the summer to give them a confidence boost for September.
  • Encourage your child to keep a journal over the holidays, where they can write about their holiday adventures or write imaginative stories if they prefer.
  • Take advantage of free museums, town trails, nature hunts and children’s activity days in your local town or where you visit on holiday.

For more information on private tutoring and summer holiday booster sessions to help your child in Numeracy and/or Literacy, please see the Private Tutoring page.