Educators and parents agree that, without some form of academic engagement over the summer break, children will forget much of what they learned in school during the previous year. Research shows that students tend to score lower on reading and math achievement tests at the end of summer than they did just before summer break. This phenomenon is what is sometimes called "summer slide." Teachers make up for the summer slide by spending the first six weeks of school reviewing and re-teaching material that was taught in the previous year, and this delays the introduction of new material that is meant to be taught at the current grade level. One can imagine that, over time, students get further and further behind in their academics, simply 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, using a strategy known as interleaved practice. Interleaving requires students to systematically re-visit and practice 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, having remembered what they were taught in previous years and ready to begin learning new material right away.