Tackling Learning Loss from the Covid Slide

Friday May 29, 2020
By Kumon Canada

Parents across the country have been faced with the reality of school closures and an interruption in their children’s learning. As we head into the summer months, parents aren’t just worried about the “summer slide,” as the disruption in the school year may have already created what experts are calling a “COVID Slide.” Considering that many students haven’t been in a typical classroom setting with a full load of classwork since March, parents are now left wondering if their children will be ready for the new school year in the fall.

According to the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), previous seasonal learning loss research shows that during a typical summer break, regression tends to be steeper for math than for reading, and the decline itself is typically more severe in older grades. A report released by the NWEA suggests that because of the break from the classroom caused by COVID-19, there’s a risk for some students returning to school in the fall will  only have 70% of the reading knowledge they acquired from the previous school year, and 50% of what they learned in math.

Continuing your child’s study is one way to combat the “Covid Slide.” The Kumon Math and Reading Program goes beyond typical tutoring by actively developing critical thinking skills as children progress independently through a carefully crafted math and reading curriculum. Kumon is a time-tested self-learning program designed to help students learn to learn independently using engaging worksheets that present new concepts and materials in a small step by step approach.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kumon Instructors have been working hard by way of remote instruction sessions, scheduling personalized worksheet pickup, and more, to make the experience at home as seamless as possible.

To learn more about the Kumon Program, contact a Centre near you.