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Summer Learning Loss and Ideas to Prevent It

Finding from parents with tweens in grades 4-8 that deals with summer reading and summer learning loss.
  • Tweens Aren’t Spending Their Time on Educational Activities: The survey found that while 51 percent of parents with tweens in grades four through eight claim to be concerned about summer learning loss, their children rarely engage in educational activities over the summer. On average, kids spend significantly more of their free time playing outside (30%), playing video games (17%) and watching TV (18%) than reading (12%), arts & crafts (7%) and academic enrichment programs (7%).
  • Digital Doesn’t Necessarily Encourage More Reading: Tweens Actually Prefer Bound Books: 75% of parents said that their kids prefer to read a physical book with less than 20% preferring a tablet or e-reader.
  • Girls Are More Excited To Read Than Boys: 56% of girls are excited about reading compared to 37% of boys, according to surveyed parents. How can parents encourage boys to read? 20% of parents said that offering a reward helps.
  • Favorite Tween Book Genres (and it’s not the Hunger Games): The top three book genres that kids like to read, according to their parents, are Humor (58%), Fantasy (53%) and Action-Adventure (43%).
  • Reading Dwindles As Tweens Get Older: 46% of tweens are reading less than four books according to their parents, and as kids get older they tend to read fewer books. Whille 66% of parents of 9&10 year olds said their child reads more than five books over the summer, only 44% of 13 & 14 year olds did.

The survey was commissioned by Sylvan Learning.

summer loss, summer reading lists for kids, summer math ideas for kids in elementary and middle school

p.s. I have some summer reading lists here:

Summer Reading Lists for Middle School

Summer Reading Lists and Resources for Kids

Summer Math Ideas for Elementary and Middle School

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