We’ve likely all heard the phrase “the summer slide”: that phenomenon where kids tend to forget by September what they knew in May! Research has shown some startling statistics regarding declining reading and math skills over the summer months:

  • When kids don’t read, they show a 25% loss of reading skills.
  • Without educational activities, kids lose approximately two months of math skills.


Surely there’s a way to avoid this though… right?

Here are a few surprising simple tips to combat the slide:

  1. Read, read, read! Just 20 minutes of reading each day can reap great rewards. Have them read the comics, the newspaper, or a book. And don’t underestimate the benefits of reading aloud to them.
  2. Keep a summer journal. Writing about their summer keeps them interested (let’s face it – kids love to talk about themselves!) and they’re exercising their mind at the same time.
  3. Learn while on vacation. Visit museums or research the area you’ll be visiting before going there.


In addition to the above, research has repeatedly shown summer campsas a key component for avoiding the slide. The best camps should be highly personalized and interactive and run by qualified staff dedicated to meeting your child’s emotional and academic needs.

Let Fick Educational Services help! Immerse your kids in hands-on learning activities in a fun and relaxed environment. From STEM camps to art camps, learning opportunities abound at FES in the summer – and so do the smiles!

Check out www.fickeducation.com/summer-camps/to read more about our camps or email us at fickeducation@gmail.comfor more information. Registration deadline has been extended to June 11th.Hope to see you in the summer!