Teachers Spend First Month of School Re-Teaching Lost Skills
GREENSBORO, NC (PRWEB) May 08, 2012
As students transition from summer back to school, the lapse in learning and the loss of information that occurs over the summer often makes the first weeks of school frustrating and unproductive for both teachers and students. Carson-Dellosa, the leading provider of supplemental education materials, recently published a landmark study revealing that 85% of teachers spend two weeks or more at the beginning of the school year re-teaching critical skills forgotten from the previous year. More than half of these teachers will spend a month reviewing skills. For many children, especially those already struggling, summer learning loss can add up to long-term academic setbacks.
Parents recognize this problem as well. The Carson-Dellosa study also found that 95% of parents believe that if their children continued learning throughout the summer, they would be more successful in the long run. However, they feel uninformed about this gap in learning, with 75% stating that they wish schools would provide more information and resources to parents to help combat “summer learning loss”.
Other studies researching the summer learning gap report that in the short-term, students can lose up to two and a half months of learning over the summer, the most significant losses occurring in essential math and spelling skills. In addition to this, summer learning loss can add up to staggering effects later in a student’s academic career. Certain studies show that by sixth grade, those students who experienced summer learning loss at the elementary level could be up to two years behind their peers.
Summer may be an important break for students and teachers, but it is imperative that learning not take a break as well. “As dedicated advocates of education both in school and at home, we believe learning can and should be a year-round endeavor, even during summer break,” said Judy L. Harris, Carson-Dellosa CEO. “We understand that many children often return to school at a disadvantage, having lost the skills they worked so hard to achieve just a few months earlier. Carson-Dellosa is committed to providing the information, materials, and resources teachers and parents need to help close this gap.”
Carson-Dellosa has compiled the company’s survey findings and other reports on summer learning loss into a quick-read infographic that gives teachers a starting point to discuss the summer learning gap with parents. It also provides a variety of helpful tips on how to prevent the “summer slide,” such as using local resources like the public library or museum to find free, educational summer events. The infographic is also beneficial for parents who would like to learn more about summer learning themselves and to see how simple it is to prepare their children for the next year. To view or download this valuable infographic resource click here.
In addition to research information and insightful tips, Carson-Dellosa also has an award-winning suite of grade-specific products designed for summer learning including the Summer Bridge Activities™ and Summer Link series This collection of workbooks, cards, and online activities make it easy for parents to make learning cool during the hottest part of the year. To see the whole collection, click here.
To learn more about the Carson-Dellosa Summer Learning Research Study, contact Nicole Green at ngreen(at)carsondellosa(dot)com.
Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC, based in Greensboro, North Carolina, was founded by teachers and boasts a 35-year history as the leading supplemental education provider for educators, parents, and students around theworld. Carson-Dellosa is renowned for nurturing a child’s learning potential and environment through Common Core Standards-based curriculum, innovative digital learning products, supplemental learning materials, and classroom resources.
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