From Mr. Martin
Warm and sunny greetings Camden family. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to get winter over with… and I lived in Iowa for over 30 years! The changing of the weather reminds us all that spring is here. For educators, though, it also reminds us that the “summer slide” is about to happen to many of our students. Over 100 years of research has documented the occurrence of “summer slide,” a loss in academic skills and knowledge during the summer months that sets students back academically if they are not engaged in meaningful formal or informal summer learning activities. Students can lose two months of reading skills and over two and a half months of math skills and knowledge during the summer months. Unfortunately, this learning loss is cumulative with some students falling more than 18 months behind their peers by middle school. That’s the bad news, but the good news is this learning loss can be prevented. Students can avoid this decline by continuing to read, write, and engage in mathematics over the summer. Students in grades K-4 were provided with a Summer Learning Board complete with suggested activities to keep them engaged in learning throughout the summer months. Additional copies are located on our website.
I am one of those who will agree that kids need breaks, and it’s important that they spend time playing outside, socializing with friends, etc. Having a daily routine to keep the mind academically sharp, however, is vitally important to a child’s success when they return to school in the fall. When a child does not continue “practicing” over the summer, we can literally use the word “devastating” for most students when describing the impact it has on their success in school. Limiting a child’s access to reading, writing and math over the summer could have negative consequences on their opportunities as an adult! Please continue reading through the newsletter, as we have some ideas and tips to help your student avoid the summer slide. I would also like to leave you with a short, 2-minute video that puts some numbers and data to the effects of student success, following the summer months. It’s a YouTube video titled Summer Learning Loss. Here is a link to the video: http://youtu.be/ZolcNG3GVCs The video does a great job of illustrating how the gap continues to grow between students who get academic support over the summer, and those who don’t. The ever-increasing gap then translates into success and opportunities for our students when they become adults. The video focuses on low-income vs. medium income, but it ultimately comes down to opportunities for students to learn. Summer digression, or progression, will happen to every student, and the results are based on their access to learning during June, July and August.
If you have any questions at all after reading this or viewing the video, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Principal, Camden Station Elementary
Summer is here and that means it is a time of year where many students slide backwards from the progress they’ve made during the school year. Your teachers at Camden want you to continue growing as a learner all summer long! We have created a menu to help you choose some fun things to do over the summer that will give you opportunities to read, write, and use math! What fun learning opportunities can you find from the menu below? The more you do, the more fun you’ll get to have at our back to school celebration in August and the more prepared you'll be for the next grade level!
Start Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Due By: Friday, August 19, 2016
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