Parents: Prevent Summer Slide

Summer is finally here and now that the kids have been home a week or so, you might be hearing, “I’m bored!”. You might also be thinking you want to find ways to help your student continue learning over the break and prevent what educators often refer to as “summer slide”–the steps backwards students often take at the start of a new school year when they haven’t utilized the skills and content they’ve learned the previous school year while on summer break. But, fear not, there are many simple things you can do at little to no cost to keep your kiddo active and help ensure they’re ready for school this fall while enjoying the time you have at home with them.

Here are some upcoming summer activities geared toward kids in our community:

Now that you have resources to utilize, what should you do!? Here’s a list of the key skills from 1st grade that you can focus on to build skills in preparation for 2nd grade:


  • Addition and Subtraction Basic Facts (1-20)
  • Count to 120 (both basic and skip counting)
  • Understand Place Value of 2-digit Numbers (ones and tens values)
  • Measure Length
  • Tell and Write Time (to the nearest hour)
  • Identify Coins and Associated Values
  • Compare and Draw Basic Shapes


  • Ask and Answer Questions About Key Details of an Event
  • Describe the Characters, Setting and Major Events in a Story
  • Identify the Main Idea of a Story 
  • Retell a Story (using the main events)
  • Find Answers to Questions in a Text
  • Read Fluently (60 or more words correctly in a minute)

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