Preventing the Summer Slide

NOW is the time to think about your summertime plans!  It can be as easy as hitting the town pool everyday, going to visit the grandparents, or going hunting for pollywogs and turtles with the neighborhood kids. Whatever your plans are, there is always something waiting for many children each summer and their parents don’t even know it’s out there. It’s called the “summer slide,” and it describes what happens when young minds sit idle for three months.

According to the authors of a report from the National Summer Learning Association: “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year…. It’s common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.”

Here are some suggestions to keep your child’s mind occupied in the summer!

There is ONE activity missing from that list. Learning how to type!  It’s so important for your child to learn how to type once and for allTake the time this summer to introduce them to a typing program that will not only work the first time BUT they will enjoy practicing!

The Keyboard Classroom Typing Program is the one to buy!

Parents and children are raving about it!  Check out the website at and start your kids learning how to type this summer.  They will thank you when their first assignment in September is to write about their summer vacation.  Those students who type their assignment will be more creative, use a larger vocabulary and finish faster!  What student wouldn’t want that skill!

Carrie Shaw is President of Keyboard Classroom, a unique, “fluency-based” learn-to-type curriculum (   She can be reached by email,


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