Avoiding Summer Slide and Keeping it Fun

Posted by Lowell School on 6/1/17 5:16 PM

When you look back to your own childhood summers, you might remember long days of play stretching past dinnertime, the fun and excitement of summer camp, hours of reading and playing in the pool, creek, or spray from the fire hydrant. It was a break from the routines of school life, and when September rolled around, it wasn’t easy getting back into the swing of classwork.

In fact, you might have forgotten some of the things you learned the year before. Math facts might not come as easily to you or you might need to relearn how to conjugate those pesky irregular verbs in your foreign language class.

These days, we have a name for it—summer slide. The good news is that summer fun and summer learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

If you are looking for ways to keep your kids’ brains active over the summer, consider this list of resources from Lowell teachers. You will find lots of ideas for the whole family below.

 Articles on Summer Learning Resources and Summer Parenting Tips


Online Programs/Apps


Other Things to Do

  • “I’m Bored!” Activity List— Cut up this sheet of activities and put the pieces of paper in a jar. When your kids say “I’m Bored!” have them pick an activity out of the jar.

More Resources

Math Fluency Practice
Academic Skills Workbooks

Targeted Summer Skills Groups

Executive Functioning/Organizational Skills Social Communication/Pragmatic Language Skills Group Social Skills Resilience/Emotion Regulation

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Topics: Parenting, Teaching & Learning

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