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The Summer Slide is Real— This Solution From Khan Academy is Brilliant

Khan Academy: Summer Slide

Sure, summer vacation is hard earned, but according to RAND Corporation, many kids without access to learning in June, July and August spend one full year over the course of their K-12 career re-learning information they forgot. (Yep, I was as surprised as you probably are by that stat.)

Enter Khan Academy and their online education program, LearnStorm. Basically, it’s a free (I repeat, free) six-week challenge that helps students in grades 3 through 12 brush up on the skills they need to start the school year strong.

Summer Slide: Khan Academy LearnstormYes, the school year is already off and running. But here’s the thing: Even though Learn Storm’s back-to-school refresher kicked off in mid-September, you can start at any time during the six weeks. This means that as long as your kids sign up by October 20, 2017, they’re good to go.

Students who enroll will have the opportunity to brush up on a range of skills including science, math, history and grammar. But the number one goal is to equip them with the confidence they need to re-enter another school year.

And there’s a bonus: Students can unlock rewards be completing the weekly assignments—everything from a prize box for their classroom to up to $5,000 worth of school supplies on This is the first year that the program has been nationally rolled out and already has more than 14,000 teachers and 650,000 students participating across all 50 states. So your kids will be learning in good company.

Possible side effects might include a bit of whining about the extra assignment per week, but if it makes learning throughout the school year a lot more efficient and breezy, it kind of sounds worth it, right?

Could your kids use a little extra help getting up to speed this school year? Would they stick to an online learning program? Let me know in the comments. 

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