It’s the last day in February and as I look out my window I see a foot of snow on the ground, but spring is coming and that means summer is right around the corner. Do you know what you are doing this summer? Better yet, what are the kids doing? The recreation and parks departments are advertising their summer programs, schools are making announcements of summer school activities, but don’t forget about reading or math. If your child is struggling with reading or math the best time to get them the help they need is over the summer. The school year is exhausting for a child with dyslexia, but the summer is an opportune time to improve their reading or math skills, increase tutoring, and prevent the ‘summer slide’.
According to an article in the Washington Post, children lose 2-3 months of reading and math skills over the summer. This statistic holds true for families who take the summer off from tutoring. Historically at Dyslexia Reading Connection, children who take the ‘summer off’ from tutoring spend two months in review just to catch up on the skills they were learning prior to their summer break. Over the course of the year, that leaves only 7 months of progress. If you are currently tutoring, increase tutoring duration or frequency over the summer, or move to daytime tutoring when your child is more alert and learns best. Your child’s brain is fresh in the summer; not as over-burdened like at the end of a regular school day. The gains your child will make over the summer will exceed your expectations; just let them prove it to you.