This study examined the impact of ABCmouse Early Learning Academy on summer learning loss (known as “summer slide”) in a diverse sample of 999 rising first graders.
Results showed that ABCmouse helped prevent summer slide in reading for students who regularly used ABCmouse for at least 70 minutes per week over the summer. Students who met this usage threshold demonstrated literacy gains equivalent to the benefits of one month of academic instruction, while children who scored below the median at the beginning of the study experienced even greater gains from using ABCmouse.
Summer learning loss, often called the “summer slide,” is a serious issue for children throughout their K-12 education, especially for children from lower-income families.
So now, at the beginning of summer, I’m happy to share an article on the subject that was recently published on the Huffington Post by National Teachers Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Rebecca Palacios. Becky has worked with me on the Curriculum Board at Age of Learning since 2009, helping to guide the award-winning early learning curriculum for ABCmouse.
She frames the importance of preventing the summer slide this way:
It is estimated that every summer, children in low-income families lose approximately two to three months of reading skills while their middle-income peers make some gains. Over time, these summer learning losses add up and the academic achievement gap widens. Educators know that children being able to read at grade level by third grade is critically important. Summer learning is essential to keep children on track not only for that milestone, but also for others—including high school graduation and college enrollment.
Read Dr. Palacios’ article, Preventing Summer Learning Loss, for her insights and tips to help your child continue to learn over the summer.