Many of you have heard of the summer slide, but the Covid slide has dramatically magnified this learning loss. According to NPR, “Preliminary estimates suggest impacts may be larger in math than in reading and that students may return in fall 2020 with less than 50% of typical learning gains and, in some grades, nearly a full year behind what NWEA would expect in this subject in normal conditions.” Reading losses were estimated to be 70% of typical learning gains.
As a parent you can take action to reduce these losses by supplementing instruction with private tutoring, providing interesting reading material and requiring students to read daily, and incorporating math into daily life such as cooking or building projects. We know in reality many parents are working full time and have children at multiple grade levels to help. Additionally, children are suffering socially. Signing up for zoom summer classes or other activities online that provide social interaction will be important to support mental health.
To make sure students have a strong foundation for next year and to prevent the summer slide in addition to tutoring, we recommend the following educational websites for extracurriular activities.
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