8 ways to prevent the summer slide

The summer slide is known as the period of time throughout the summer when children lose their school knowledge from the previous year. Most people will agree that the summer slide is real, and something that all parents and caregivers should try to avoid.

The best way to combat the summer slide is to ensure children spend time every day learning, in order to practise their literacy skills. Spending at least 15 minutes a day doing a learning activity such as following a recipe, playing a board game, or even visiting a park together as a family can help beat the summer slide.

ABC Life Literacy Canada has a large selection of free family literacy resources and video lessons available to help combat the summer slide. Check out these perfect summer activities from our HSBC Family Literacy First program:

  1. Friendship Bracelets Story: A fun story about a boy who earns money for a special purchase by making and selling friendship bracelets.
  2. My Perfect Campground: Design the perfect campground for you and your family with this creative worksheet.
  3. Going on a Camping Trip: Learn and sing this campfire chant about camping.
  4. Finger Puppet Zoo: Have you ever wanted your own zoo? Create finger puppets of your favourite zoo animals.
  5. Brainstorm how to make money: There are lots of ways to earn money throughout the summer. Use this activity to brainstorm some ideas.
  6. A Trip to the Amusement Park: Read a fun summer-themed story with this video activity.
  7. Party Budget: It’s time for a summer party! Use your budgeting skills to plan a party for your family and friends.
  8. Family Grocery Shopping: Learn about financial literacy and family meal planning by putting together a grocery list.

These activities are just some of the many family literacy activities available at FamilyLiteracyFirst.ca. Create an account for free and get unlimited access to more than 100 fun family learning tools. Resources are available in English, French, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, and Tagalog.

HSBC Family Literacy First is a free program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and supported by HSBC Bank Canada to bring parents and children together to practice family literacy.