The Summer Slide is a term used to describe the regression of students in their academic skills over the summer holidays. An eye-opening article in Educational Leadership, “Slowing the Summer Slide,” by Lorna Smith examines the severity and consequences of this phenomenon.
According to the article, “There are estimates that reteaching forgotten material when students return to school after the summer costs more than $1,500 per student each year, or more than $18,000 over the course of a K–12 career (Fairchild & Boulay, 2002). Schools can ill afford these expenses at a time when their budgets are already stretched to the breaking point.”
Although most of the studies are examining students’ reading abilities, it wouldn’t be a huge leap to assume the same regression would occur in other academic areas such as writing.
At Alieo Games, we have specifically structured our licensing such that students can continue to use our writing app COW throughout the summer. With the summer holidays looming on the horizon, we are offering 60% off per class of thirty students– less than two dollars per student. By having COW introduced to the students at school, they can then head into the summer holidays familiar with the app. This will give parents another tool for helping children avoid the Summer Slide.
In addition, new writing challenges will be posted on our blog throughout the summer to keep students engaged and motivated to write.
If you are interested in having your students use COW, please head to our website. When you purchase your license, use the code ALIEO60 to receive your Summer Slide discount.