For Parents

Stop the Summer Slide!

The summer months are upon us - typically a time for for kids to trade school for the pool and enjoy a break. But studies show that children who don't engage in educational activities can lose up to two months of literacy and math skills during the summer break. Luckily there are many easy ways to keep your child learning all summer long! 

We've listed some resources below, but we also encourage you to save or print this handy tip sheet (also in Spanish) for ideas on preventing summer learning loss.

You can help Oklahoma's parents and caregivers stop the summer slide by donating to Smart Start. Just $25 will place 10 books in homes to enhance literacy skills! You can also text SMARTSTARTOK to 44-321 to donate.


literacyLiteracy
Reading early and often will provide children a head start in language and literacy skills. So read! Talk! Sing! Ask questions! Just 15 minutes a day will progress a child's literacy skills including

  • Vocabulary
  • Phonics
  • Familiarity with the printed word
  • Storytelling
  • Listening skills
  • Comprehension
  • Imagination

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mathMath
Parents can incorporate math skills through everyday interactions and play. Whether you're sorting socks from the laundry, putting away toys or cooking dinner you can develop math skills like 

  • Counting
  • Sorting an comparing
  • Recognizing numerals
  • Representation and estimation
  • Spatial sense
  • Measurement
  • Patterns

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cognitiveCognitive Abilities
Children can develop cognitive skills - the core skills brains use - through things like puzzles and games, matching games, brain teasers and riddles which develops 

  • Concentration
  • Reasoning skills
  • Memory
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Paying attention

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creativityCreativity
Providing creative play gives children the freedom to explore new possibilities and think outside the box...to come up with unique ideas as well as creative solutions to challenges they face. Drawing and coloring, music, pretend play and making things encourages

  • Creativity
  • Imagination
  • Discovery
  • Invention
  • Self-expression

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