While summer vacation may conjure images of swimming pools and barbeques, it rarely conjures images of academic activities. The so-called "summer slide" is a well-documented phenomenon, according to the National Summer Learning Association. In several separate studies conducted from 1906 to 2004, researchers found that students did worse on a standardized test when it was given at the end of the summer than when they took it at the beginning of the summer.
We'll take a closer look at summer learning loss next week. But with literacy in mind this week, we offer this short video filmed at the Los Angeles Teacher Town Hall in May. We asked the teachers who attended the event to give parents some advice on how to avoid the summer slide. They overwhelmingly had one, simple solution.
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