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Six Strategies for Parents to Prevent Summer Slide

Six Strategies for Parents to Prevent Summer Slide


By Carrie Jasper, Director of Outreach, U.S. Department of Education


Summer is upon us - and with that comes what some call the "summer slide" in students' academic skills while out of school. There are things that you as a parent can do, though, to take charge and make learning a priority even as the dog days of the season approach.  Below are some ways you can make learning like a sports game. As an "education coach" you can challenge and encourage any child in your life:


1. Set goals - What will you and your child accomplish by a set time? Examples: "After two weeks we will know how to count by twos to 50." Or "After one week we will know how to print your first name."


2. Practice - Take 15 to 20 minutes a day to work on each goal. Talk about the importance of practice and grit - patience and resilience - in making steady progress.


3. Put some plays into effect - Look for different ways to apply the skills being developed. Example: Take your child to the store and have her add up the items you have purchased. Get some fresh and free ideas from FREE (Federal Registry for Educational Excellence).


4. Make some touchdowns that will make a difference in their upcoming school year. Help your child to see how what he has done over the summer will put him ahead in the fall. Get a workbook or reading book at the grade level in which she will be. By mid-summer take out the book and let her begin to work on the areas she has been practicing.


5. Take your team on the road - Have fun and incorporate learning into a summer adventure. Example: Visit a museum, zoo, aquarium, beach or park. Look at maps together and identify where you will visit and how far you will travel. Have your child draw and write about their favorite parts of the trip in the order the events happened.


6. Celebrate - Have a mid-summer reward and really celebrate at the end of the summer for all the goals set that your champion has accomplished!


The Value of Playing All Day

As a parent, we want what is best for our children. So much so, that sometimes we question "What are the children really learning when they play all day? Or we make statements like” It seems like all they do is play all day!" This article answers this question and helps us to understand that we should pay attention to the materials the teachers provide for young children, their explanation of what their child is learning by playing with them. Here are a few responses that might  help parents understand how the materials and activities they provide prepare children for elementary school and beyond.


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Bullying Prevention Tip: Talk with Your Child

The most critical information program leaders need is found in the law that authorizes Head Start and the regulations and clarifications that explain how to implement the law. Understanding the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and associated fiscal management regulations provides you with a foundation to identify and meet the expectations for strong program management. These resources from the Office of Head Start (OHS) and other organizations may assist program leaders in further implementing the law and regulations. Access this link for more information.

A surprising poll from the New York Times last week revealed that 67% of parents 3 to 7 years old are worried about their kids being bullied. In fact, parents of preschoolers are more likely to be worried about bullying than parents of kids grade school age and teenagers.


A recent survey of children in Massachusetts also reveals that 47% of kids have been bullied at least once, and 52% report being called mean names or teased in a hurtful way. 51% said they’d been intentional excluded or ignored by friends at least once in the past two months.


What do these statistics mean for parents? Obviously, bullying starts earlier and is more common than originally thought. The best way to combat bullying is by keeping an open line of communication with your kids, to make sure that they’re not afraid to tell you when things are rough at school.


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Fathers Are Really Important

Fathers are essential to the healthy growth and development of their children.

Dads bring a unique perspective to the family and lives of their children.

Mothers and fathers can love their children by supporting each other as parents.

Fathers have a powerful influence on the healthy development of their daughters and their sons.


  • Babies can distinguish their father's voice from the voice of a stranger by the age of four weeks.

  • School-aged children show significant gains in intellectual development when their fathers are involved with them as infants.

  • Involved fathers enrich their daughter's and son's self image.

  • Children who have involved fathers show more sense of humor, longer attention spans, and more eagerness for learning.

  • Father involvement helps teens to develop a strong sense of who they are and increases their ability to resist peer pressure.


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