Beat Summer Slide, be Ready for School With RITES Summer Programs
It’s an all too familiar problem for many students: the summer slide. It’s as if somehow, over the course of just a few months, the knowledge that was previously gained over the last school year is mystically wiped away. The knowledge that was taken for granted in May is suddenly absent in September, and the student finds him/herself struggling to catch up and re-learn last year’s information. See below to let us know how RITES can best help your student.
In fact, research shows that the average student loses up to 2 1/2 months of math computational skills learned before, and it can take at least two months in the fall to re-learn what was lost over the summer.
But summer slide – also called “brain drain” or “learning loss” – doesn’t have to become a major hurdle every year. RITES tutors and summer programs can help students to stay up-to-speed with their coursework and improve knowledge retention, ensuring that students show up to school in the fall: fresh and confident.
Ways that Parents Can Help Prevent Summer Slide
As a parent, there are many ways that you can help your child to avoid learning loss over the summer. Some strategies include:
- Make a plan in advance, spreading out activities, work, and learning so that it’s well-paced and your child doesn’t get overwhelmed. Make sure to also incorporate non-academic activities, goals, and wishes into the mix, and keep any promises you make. Have your child start activities early in the summer when the knowledge is still fresh in his/her mind, and bring the work along on trips – long car or plane rides can be a fun place to read or make and record observations.
- Make it fun and break it up: familiarize yourself with your child’s coursework right off the bat, and then find ways to incorporate the lessons being taught into everyday activities, like building a Lego creation or cooking. Teach them how to keep track of and follow steps. Be realistic about how long your child can focus. Break up lessons into digestible time spans and incentivize your student with treats along the way.
- Find the right summer program by looking at your options and figuring out the best fit. Which subjects do you want to cover? Should it be half-day or full-day? Don’t refer to it as “school” or “camp,” both of which may confuse a child, but call it a “program” and be positive and supportive when talking about it. Also, be sure to keep a balance and give your child plenty of “decompression time” to kick back and relax during the summer months.
RITES Can Help to Conquer Summer Slide Learning Loss with Summer Tutoring or Summer Programs
The best way to combat brain drain is to hone your mental skills and stay sharp during those summer months. Every RITES tutor is a certified teacher with 10+ years of experience and knows techniques for helping your child overcome the summer slide. One-to-one tutoring is available, and our summer programs also provide individualized learning tailored to your child’s challenges and preferences. Tutoring is a great option for those with busy schedules, but RITES summer programs are fun and tend to fill up quickly.
RITES offers hands-on summer programs for students grades 1 through 12; participants come from many communities in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and beyond. For example, many students reside in Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, East Providence, Cumberland, Smithfield, Warwick, North Kingstown, Barrington, Attleboro, Swansea, and other towns.
There are many different programs to choose from, whether your child is going into first grade or senior year of high school. Click here to see the programs available for different grade levels.
You may also wish to find a program suited to a particular goal or problem. Whether you’re looking to help your child build skills, maintain skills, or address problem areas.
Stop Summer Slide Today with RITES’ Summer Programs in RI:
- Rocking Reading and Megahit Math: Grades 1-4 (grouped accordingly)
- Code Breakers: Unlocking Reading, Writing and Spelling: Grades 2-6 (grouped accordingly)
- Power Up: Writing and Math: Grades 4 + 5
- Novel Exploration: Digging Deeper into Reading Comprehension and Writing: Grades 5 + 6
- Study Smarter, Not Harder Plus Writing: Grades 6, 7, 8
- Study Smarter, Not Harder for High School Students
- SAT Overview Workshop for Juniors and Seniors
And remember, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, individual tutoring is always an option!