Boston (Vocus) June 29, 2010
With fun-in-the-sun activities filling the summer hours, many parents worry that their children will not maintain their academic proficiency during the summer break from school. But, armed with a Stay-on-Track Pack from the education and technology company Pearson, parents can fight back against this trend commonly referred to as “summer slide.”
Research from The Johns Hopkins University's Center for Summer Learning shows that young people lose approximately 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students experience an average summer loss in reading of more than two months. By utilizing age-appropriate reading, writing and mathematics materials, Pearson’s Stay-on-Track Packs are designed to prevent this backsliding and maintain kindergarten through sixth-grade students’ skill levels.
The review packs keep student skills strong by providing six books to maintain reading fluency, suggested creative writing activities, and a math computation workbook that focuses on problem solving. To encourage language development in younger children, Stay-on-Track Packs for students in grades kindergarten through second grade include vocabulary flash cards that should be practiced three times a week. Each individual activity is meant to take only 15 to 20 minutes, helping to keep children engaged.
For parents, the Stay-on-Track Packs contain a how-to guide and a calendar of 50 activities they can quickly and easily do with their child. Activity suggestions include ideas such as developing a list of rhyming words and creating a poem together, taking a walk and finding an object for each letter of the alphabet, and making a recipe and determining what the measurements would be if the recipe were doubled or cut in half.
“Teachers work so hard to increase achievement and skills during the school year. Yet, when the summer break comes, students face ten weeks without regular engagement with reading and math activities, which seriously impacts student achievement. At the start of each year, teachers can spend anywhere from two to ten weeks trying to help students regain the skills lost over the summer,” said Pamela Musick, Pearson’s Vice President of Instructional Services for Curriculum and former school administrator, who helped develop the Stay-on-Track Packs.
Musick added, “By focusing on students’ core academic areas – reading, writing and math – Pearson’s Stay-on-Track Packs provide a one-stop-shop for preventing the summer slide. We want to make the process as easy as possible for parents to keep their children learning all year long.”
Parents can visit http://www.pearsoncustom.com/custom-publications/stayontrack-pack to learn more.
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education services, technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information about Pearson School, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com.
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