By: Janice Urbanik
I am writing this as schools are letting out for the summer and am fondly singing Alice Cooper’s song in my head. On the last day of school, the sky was bluer, the sun was sunnier, and the air smelled fresher than just the day before. My friends and I had 3 months of endless possibilities ahead of us and wow, were we ready! We didn’t have to figure out which train got to the station first or write another dumb paragraph or read another stupid book for 3 whole months! No more teachers’ dirty looks! We didn’t realize it at the time, but we were perched at the top of the “summer slide”…
Can the summer slide be flipped to build grit?
If you do an internet search for “summer slide”, you will see a lot of statistics and a lot of references to the drop in reading skills that kids tend to experience during the summer, and ways to combat it. You will see some references to a drop in math skills too. It is a very easy concept to grasp because most of us have experienced “if you don’t use it you lose it” when learning a new skill.