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Helping prevent the summer slide among NM's school-aged kids

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Thursday, June 27, 2024   

Some New Mexico kids hope summer never ends, while others cannot wait to get back in the classroom and both groups are at risk of falling behind in learning over the break unless parents help.

Yaha Aguilera, New Mexico state director for Save the Children, said children need help, especially those living in poverty, so they don't fall behind. She encouraged parents to read books and tell stories to spark their children's curiosity. Aguilera pointed out New Mexico has a lot of rural areas where it's more difficult to find support.

"Some of the challenges for these parents are geographic isolation, the lack of resources," Aguilera outlined. "Sometimes schools are the hub, so that's where they see the teachers that they love, that's where they see their friends and of course, that's where they get all their education."

She noted when kids come back to school in the fall, it can take teachers at least two weeks to get them back up to speed if they have lapsed in learning over the summer. Aguilera said it is especially true of math and spelling skills. Save the Children offers tips and ideas to prevent learning loss.

Yolanda Minor, Mississippi state director for Save the Children, said parents do not need elaborate tools to keep kids engaged during the summer months. Instead, she emphasized everyday interactions are some of the best learning opportunities.

"If you are having dinner, keep cooking. Bring math into the kitchen; include the whole family," Minor suggested. "When you're preparing a recipe, talk about the measuring of the ingredients, the measuring cups, how many scoops; so many things that you can do at dinnertime."

It is estimated children kids can lose more than a third of school-year learning over the summer months.

Disclosure: Save the Children contributes to our fund for reporting on Children's Issues, Early Childhood Education, Education, and Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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