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Your Ultimate Guide to Preventing Summer Slide

Summer is a time for students to unwind after a busy school year, but it is important for kids to exercise their brain throughout the summer months.  The simplest way to stimulate the brain is through reading, and we have provided several reading lists below.  We have also compiled a list of our favorite Summer Slide blog posts, and encourage you to read them all.  Please provide additional suggestions in the comment section, and we will be sure to feature them on future blog posts.

If you would like additional assistance in preventing the summer slide, please let us know by filling out our Contact Form.  

Favorite Summer Slide Blog Posts:

Know the Facts

Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide With Reading

Avoid the High School to College Summer Melt

Stopping the Summer Slide

10 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

Summer Slide Handout

WGBH – Putting the Brakes on Summer Slide

Math’s Steep Summer Slide – How Far Behind is Your Child?

ALA Reading Lists:

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

New York Reading List – Grades K – Adult 2013 Summer Reading List

Go on an adventure:

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

Boston’s Museum of Science

Boston Public Library

Online Resources:

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy boasts one of the most comprehensive online learning tools.  The KA software provides great tools for all ages, elementary through college.  If you’re a parent interested in providing your students with a tool that they can explore with relative autonomy, we recommend that you direct your child to this website.


Coursera is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform that provides free college level education.  If you’re interested in taking a free online college course (not for credit) this summer, please visit Coursera’s website.


Much like Coursera, Edx provides a comprehensive list of online MOOC options.  If you’re interested in learning from MIT and Harvard professors, we recommend that you create an EdX account.


Lumosity is a brain training technology that you can use right on a smart phone/tablet.  The free version of this software is enough to give the brain a full workout.  Find out more by clicking the Lumosity like above.



Tutoring is a great way to prevent the Summer Slide, and Quincy Tutoring is still accepting new students for the summer.  Please visit our “Tutor Request” page and fill out the tutor request form if you are interested in learning more about our academic and test prep tutoring.

Summer learning and kids reading with Studydog[Source: Online Reading For Kids With Studydog]


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