Research Behind Summer Bridge Activities®

Learners of all ages often lose concepts, vocabulary, and skills in between school years, leading to a phenomenon that researchers and educators refer to as summer learning loss, or “the summer slide.”

However, providing students with a chance to engage both new and familiar skills during the summer months can help alleviate this problem and set them up for success in the coming school year.

Summer Bridge leverages 5 key research domains that are proven to help children acquire and retain knowledge

“Pre-Training” & Activating Prior Knowledge

Studies and research have shown:

When learners of all ages are introduced to new information, activating prior knowledge and mastered skills are helpful in improving reading comprehension, math skills, and science concepts.

Summer Bridge Activities provides:

Students with opportunities to regularly engage with familiar and new content to maintain already acquired knowledge and process new material the following school year.

Spaced Practice

Studies and research have shown:

When learning a new skill or concept, the most effective approach is to practice that skill repeatedly over time rather than in a concentrated burst.

Summer Bridge Activities provides:

A spaced practice approach by providing daily learning exercises completed in about 15 minutes each day. This allows learners to engage with concepts, vocabulary, and skills in repeated, short intervals and to maximize retention and understanding in the long-term.

Family Engagement

Studies and research have shown:

A positive impact on children’s attitudes and academic achievement has been found across gender, age, various ethnicities and cultures with family involvement.

Summer Bridge Activities provides:

A comprehensive skills matrix, activities that children and parents can do together, and suggestions for ways to support milestones along the way (e.g., star stickers, certificate of congratulations).

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Studies and research have shown:

Students’ achievement scores reflect as much as an 11-point percentile gain when implementing SEL instruction either as a standalone curriculum, or integrated with subject area instruction.

Summer Bridge Activities provides:

A set of Character & Fitness activities that fosters students’ SEL development, including appreciation of other cultures, reflection on emotion manage-ment and self-regulation, and perceptiveness of others’ characteristics.

Hands-on Learning & Real-World Application

Studies and research have shown:

Hands-on activities teach or reinforce academic concepts and skills, boosts engagement and motivation, and allows for deeper comprehension and improved retention.

Summer Bridge Activities provides:

Students with learning activities that support relevant STEM and humanities learning objectives. “Bonus” and “Take It Outside” features are designed to encourage learners to take concepts and skills and directly apply to them to engaging real-world scenarios.