Seeing regression in students with significant disabilities is heartbreaking… but how do you keep them engaged and learning over the summer? Here are the 3 best websites to stop summer regression!
Best Websites to Stop Summer Regression
The countdowns are posted in classrooms. Teachers are dreaming of days with no alarm clocks. Students are fantasizing about the pool, late bedtimes, and summer fun.
Yes, summer is coming.
Problem with students who have significant disabilities is that summer often means regression and when students take so long to recoup that summer slide, isn’t our responsibility to do something?
No worries. I have 3 great websites that are FREE, FUN, and EASY to assign as the teacher as well as TRACK DATA!
Yeah. It’s all that, so read on!
Stop Summer Regression with ScootPad!
I have actually used ScootPad with my own students and family with great success. I have assigned nephews, cousins, and even neighbors to my ‘classes’ in the summer so their parents could give them something productive to do during all those daylight hours. The website also has an app, so you can use this fantastic tool on the go.
And with tools like Adaptive practice, the ability to make assignments, and dynamic scaffolding, it is a great tool. I wish I got a commission for saying that, but I don’t. I really just believe it is a great product. And, like I said, it is totally free for teachers making it one of the best websites to stop summer regression! Totally worth checking out.
Stop Summer Regression with ZooWhiz
I have not personally used ZooWhiz in my classroom or with my own family, but a co-worker of mine is been using it successfully for over a year. With the free subscription you’re able to manage classes, students, and assign work. This makes it a great tool to use so you can customize student learning during the summer.
Check them out and see if it will work for you!
Stop Summer Regression ABC Mouse
I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials for ABC Mouse and, though it’s geared for younger students, I have found there are materials appropriate for Upper Elementary and even some Middle School when students are working on fortifying their prerequisite skills.
This is not completely free. Teacher accounts are free, but if a parent wants to utilize the website from home they will have to pay. The nice part is the lessons are very guided, based on the student’s current abilities, and are packed with lots of fun interactives and videos to keep the student motivated. With activities from preschool through second grade, you’ll find lots of skills can be addressed with the site.
Beyond Summer Regression
I walk into classrooms all the time where students are on laptops or tablets but not doing things that are age appropriate, educational, or content related. When you set up tools like this in your classroom, it means when there is Tech Time, you have a great option for students that will actually deliver you data!
I used to love that about using ScootPad in my classroom. The knowledge that, without a doubt, that students in my online ‘classrooms’ were learning, growing, and practicing real skills they need to master IEP goals and make meaning out of the curriculum was super rewarding. Then, when it was all said and done, the ability to see what progress a student was making in a very real and measurable was a perfect added bonus.
Though these sites may not be for every student in your self-contained classroom or Autism Unit, it can work for several. ScootPad even reads sections of the test for you so your nonreaders can still participate. Consider how you can work these kinds of sites and activities into your classroom rotation.
So What Now?
Well, start to picture yourself lying out on the beach, by the pool, or not by your desk… but before you slide into the future too far, sign up for one, two, or even all of these sites and try them out to see what will work for your students. Believe me, there are benefits galore! And if you are already in Summer Mode, then send these links to parents, or send them to this site directly and let them enroll their kiddos themselves.
Now, back to that beach daydream…