By: Ken Stoflet, Marketing Communications Specialist, Renaissance USA
Decades of research confirm that summer learning loss is real. In an article published by The New York Times, Smirk (2011) says, “The . ideal of lazy summers filled with fun has an unintended consequence: If students are not engaged in learning over the summer, they lose skills in math and reading. Summers off are one of the most important, yet least acknowledged, causes of underachievement in our schools.” Unfortunately, summer learning loss affects a significant portion of the student population. However, summer learning loss affects low-income students even more—and it can lead to a significant achievement gap.
Smirk sums it up when he says, “We cannot afford to spend nearly 10 months of every year devoting enormous amounts of intellect, energy, and money to promoting student learning and achievement, and then walk away from that investment every summer.” That’s why it’s crucial students remain engaged and continue learning throughout their summer vacations.
That responsibility falls on our shoulders. It’s up to us to help students understand that learning doesn’t stop once they walk out the school door. Below, we’ve highlighted a few ways to keep students engaged.
It’s clear that students need to remain engaged throughout summer—whether it’s exploring a local library or exploring the vast distances between planets in the solar system. That’s why we’ve created our Summer Reading Contest, a fun and free way to read books on any device, at home, in the library or outdoors. Our summer reading contest gives schools FREE ACCESS to the myON Digital Library to motivate kids to read and reward top schools with exciting prizes. We encourage all schools to take part, there is no obligations, just pure joy of reading for the kids all summer long.