If you’re a parent of a child in Elementary school you’ve undoubtedly heard about Summer Slide.
It seems like every year my kids get a list of activities to do during the summer to help prevent the Summer Slide. I’ve tried following all the directions from the teachers, activity workbooks and even summer reading skills classes.
Two years ago I decided there had to be a better way. I needed a way to monitor how much work each of my kids were doing. Our first year we tried an online program that came with tutoring. This didn’t offer the flexibility that I needed during the summer. Some weeks my kids are in all day summer camps leaving little time for this independent study, other weeks they are in half days camp and have plenty of time.
Last year we decided to try Gifted and Talented from Stanford University. I was cautiously optimistic after our previous years experience and wondered if this program could meet our expectations. I was pleasantly surprised that not only did it meet our expectations but it exceeded them.
I loved that the graphics and questions are customized to your childs interests. I also like the reports that I can run showing how much time they are logged in, how many questions were attempted, how many attempts per question etc. The Language Arts and Writing program allows you to see grade placement throughout the course in 5 different areas. Math has similar tracking options. We found this beneficial to see how our child really compared based on standards.
Overall I think this is a great option to prevent summer slide, that allows your child to move at their own pace whilst still having accountability. Don’t let the name of the program deter you from trying with a student who is struggling academically. Both the elementary english and math started with self assessment quizzes that automatically set the appropriate level for your child.