If there's anything we've learned over the past year full of home study, time away from work and school, and time stuck together with our family (sometimes for worse or for better) it's hopefully that there are fairly simple things we can do to continue learning new things, even while at home. That's a great, and necessary lesson, but when it comes to the summer learning new things may not be more important than just retaining the things we've spent the year learning.
In the summer students can end up experiencing something commonly referred to as the "summer slide." There have been several studies looking into what this looks like and how it can effect students and families. Students can, according to one study, lose up to two months of grade-level math skills and reading skills.
Thankfully there are several things that you can do with your kids to help them retain the knowledge they've been acquiring this school year and they don't have to be a formal lesson or anything boring. Below I've listed a couple of ideas of things you can do with your kids this summer to help them retain what they've learned over the summer rather than having them play catch-up when school starts up again in the fall: