4 Ways to Combat the Summer (Learning) SlideAmber Brandt
While students, parents, and teachers are all ready for a break when summer finally rolls around, research shows that the 2-month “brain vacation” really takes a toll on our kids.
Without the regular practice and reinforcement of being in the classroom, fresh skills and knowledge naturally fade – but it’s likely even more than you think. According to a 2020 study shared in Forbes Magazine, kids lose “up to 40% of the gains they have made over the school year while on summer break…”
The good news is there is also substantial research to suggest there’s hope – parents can help prevent summer learning loss through fun, stimulating activities their kids already love without a ton of extra effort – 15 to 30 minutes a day is all it takes!
Here are 4 ways you can combat learning loss through everyday reading, math, and hands-on STEM activities all summer long:
2. Enroll your child in a summer reading program. Kids love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from a job well done. Check out opportunities through your local chamber of commerce, library, Scholastic, or Barnes and Noble to see which free reading programs are available in your area or explore additional options. Help your child choose books that:
- Are challenging to ensure they’re boosting their literacy skills. Left to their own judgment, kids tend toward books that are too easy for them.
- They're excited about. If the content is of natural interest to them, they’re more likely to dive in and read.
4. Practice math. Local and online bookstores offer loads of helpful workbooks to match your child’s academic level. Having your child complete just 3 to 4 math problems per day can help keep the concepts fresh in their brain.