This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter


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By Dana Sirotiak

As in the words of Alice Cooper “Schools Out for Summer”! Well, at least it is very close.  As another school year comes to an end, families contemplate what to do with their children over the summer break.  If parents are contemplating keeping their children home for the summer, regression becomes a concern.  Regression is the loss of learned skills; usually after breaks in instruction once school is let out for summer vacation.  Some regression is normal in all children, but in some instances,  students are profoundly affected by lapses in instruction. These students may be unable to store concepts in their long-term memory in a way that can be easily recalled. The amount of instruction they need to recover or “recoup” their abilities may be longer than other students need, and they may need additional instruction to catch up.  This week’s PTchat is to discuss techniques, strategies, and activities to prevent regression from happening.  Some suggestions are reading activities, calculating grocery bills, planning/budgeting the family’s summer vacation, journal keeping, scrapbooking, and more.  

Please join us at 9PM EDT on Wednesday, 6/12 as we discuss Summer Skills to Prevent Regression.  

One thought on “This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter

  1. I am excited to follow along with #PTChat for the first time tomorrow! As one of the two educational coaches for a new resource called ReadyRosie (, our focus is equipping and inspiring parents to create homes rich with language and learning. We are doing this by providing daily video-embedded emails with 2 minute clips of real families having simple literacy and math conversations. We have filmed over 500+ videos in English and Spanish in locations such as the car, restaurant, bus, waiting room, laundromat, home, etc. None of our activities require special materials other than what the context would naturally provide. All of our activities are based on the national standards for literacy and math. We want to be a relevant resource for families in the real world! I look forward to learning more about parent engagement from you tomorrow!

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