8 Ideas to Prevent Summer Slide


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With only a few weeks of school left, we tend to be in summer mode or close to it. While we all love the break that summer brings, it can sometimes interfere with maintaining students’ literacy skills. In today’s episode, I’m sharing 8 preventative ideas to help prevent the “summer slide”. 

For those unaware of the summer slide, it’s when entering the summer they don’t keep up with learning practices and skills, therefore starting the next school year not prepared or behind academically.

As teachers and parents, we want to try and encourage kids to incorporate quick, daily activities and practices that help keep their learning fresh and mastered over the summer. 

Throughout my years of teaching and literacy work, I’ve established and implemented 8 ideas that prevent the summer slide. Those ideas include:

  • Choice boards
  • Doing an ABC countdown
  • Providing summer writing opportunities
  • Using a reading challenge
  • Providing references, charts, and resources
  • Affordable workbooks
  • Using free website
  • Summer classes

Even though summer is a time for fun and a break, it’s important to incorporate academics throughout their time off from school. Making literacy practices fun, engaging, and providing a choice makes it feel more enjoyable than work.

If finding summer activities to prevent the summer slide for your students was on your to-do list, after listening to this episode, that’s now off your list of things to do!

Although it’s always fun to receive gifts on your birthday, this year, I wanted to give YOU, my audience, a gift! To win, complete the BINGO card that has clickable links with various tasks that you will need to complete.

Completing five in a row (a BINGO) counts as one entry; for five more entries you can complete a blackout board; and two more additional entries, post it on your Instagram story and tag me. 

I will randomly select three winners who have a chance to win an Amazon gift card, Target gift card, Teachers Pay Teachers gift card, or credit to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

This giveaway goes until April 29th and I’ll pick the winners on April 30th. Submit a screenshot of your BINGO card either to megan@theliteracydive.com, or DM me @theliteracydive. 

In this episode on preventing summer slide, I share:
  • Why it’s important to start having conversations with students and parents now about ways students can work on their literacy over the summer
  • Having students create a summer academic list at school for them to complete over the summer
  • An engaging and effective list of ideas on how to prevent the summer slide
  • A sneak peek of my virtual summer classes for kids
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About The Literacy Dive Podcast:

Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive Podcast was created to offer actionable steps and to share information for teachers, like you, who are always looking to improve their craft! ELA is our jam and we are excited to dive into all things reading and writing with you!

Your host, Megan Polk, is the creator and owner behind The Literacy Dive and loves to support students and their teachers with curriculum, literacy instruction, best practices, and engaging literacy activities.

Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode from Megan! She, and her guests, will chat about various literacy topics and will bring you tips and tricks that can easily be implemented in your classrooms. You can tune in wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to The Literacy Dive Podcast on platforms like Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, and more! If you find value from listening to this podcast, please rate this show, leave a review, and follow!

You can tune in wherever you get your podcasts! Listen to The Literacy Dive Podcast on platforms like AppleSpotifyStitcherGoogle, and more! If you find value from listening to this podcast, please rate this show, leave a review, and follow!

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Hey, I'm Megan!

I am a literacy specialist and curriculum designer who loves sharing tips and ideas to help students thrive in literacy! It brings me joy to await those a-ha moments and to see light bulbs turn on!

I have a huge passion for reading and writing and love to co-mingle the two any chance I get! You can expect to learn new strategies and ways to keep your students engaged during your literacy block! I am so glad you’re here!

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