Without ongoing review and practice over the summer break, children forget much of what they learned in school during the previous year. This phenomenon is sometimes called the "summer slide." As a result, teachers spend the first six weeks of school reviewing and re-teaching material that was already taught in the previous year. The summer slide delays the introduction of new material meant to be taught in the fall. Over time, students get further and further behind in their academics because of this cycle of forgetting and re-learning.
Summer Solutions provides the necessary review and practice that allows students to retain important math and language arts skills, not only over the summer break, but also for a lifetime. Each Summer Solutions practice book contains 30 lessons, along with Help Pages and an answer key for self-checking. It is recommended that the students complete a lesson three times per week over the summer break, engaging in a strategy our books are designed around, called distributed practice.
Distributed practice systematically re-visits material that has already been mastered. This is the only type of practice that ensures long-term retention. By spacing the lessons over a ten-week period, students are able to return to school in the fall, ready to begin learning new material right away.