Lizann Lightfoot for Military Families magazine –
Every summer, students lose some of the skills and information gained over the school year. In some cases, this can mean up to two months of lost learning. Teachers refer to this regression as the summer slide. This can be particularly problematic for military students transitioning to new schools because of a PCS move or a deployment.
While all students struggle to maintain math and reading skills during the summer, military students face additional challenges. Even when military kids aren’t going through a move, they still experience social changes from friends moving, visits away with family, or a change of schedule from deployments. These social challenges can affect their learning, even when a child isn’t going through a move.