According to studies conducted over the past two decades, students lose an average of a month’s worth of instruction over the course of each vacation, with the most significant deficits occurring in the areas of math and spelling. Teachers often spend the first several weeks of school remediating students and re-teaching skills introduced the year before. According to a recent report issued by the RAND Corporation, summer enrichment activities have the potential to reverse this summer slide.
To combat summer learning loss, Meritas recommends that parents find creative ways to integrate learning into their children’s summer routines.
Here are a few helpful tips to prevent seasonal learning loss for younger students:
Make a Photo Album
Explore Your Backyard
Make a science connection to the plants and insects in your backyard or community garden. These experiences use the language of measurement (compare/contrast/classify) and inspire children to graph the growth patterns of the insects and plants.
Have your child create a project that highlights a character or a favorite event. The project can be highlighted through writing, music, art or even a journal.
Mix in Some Math
Numbers are everywhere! Make a habit of pointing them out, and practice some spontaneous math wherever you go. Ask your child to spot numbers on a billboard. See if he or she can figure out how many days there are in a month, or compete to see who can guess the grocery bill to the nearest whole number. The possibilities are infinite!
Board games are a must-have staple for summer vacation. Sneak a little spelling action into your child’s play by choosing games like Scrabble or Bananagrams.
Read Out Loud . . . Together
Choose a children’s literature classic (“Aesop’s Fables,” “Tales of Mother Goose,” “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”) and read it aloud together. Parents often stop reading aloud to children too early. By reading aloud, we model fluency and voice, and we improve listening comprehension. It’s also a great way for parents to either reconnect with a story they loved in their youth or read a classic piece they haven’t read before.
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