If you are a parent, you have probably heard of the summer slide: the idea that children experience a certain loss of learning during the two or three months of summer vacation.
The theory is that students who spend the summers simply relax and play have a disadvantage compared to those whose families have the resources to enroll them in educational programs, enroll them in specialized camps, or provide them with intellectually stimulating travel experiences. Not surprisingly, summer learning loss is thought to be worse for students from low-income families. But on the heels of a school year disrupted by the pandemic, almost all parents are worried that their children may fall behind. So what can parents and caregivers do?
If you are worried about losing summer learning, or if you just want to make sure your child stays academically engaged during the summer, here are some things you can do:
Read, read, read: Reading is one of the very best things you can encourage, model and do with your child to ensure that their skills are developed and are on track and it is free. Experts recommend that young people read 20 minutes a day to develop their skills. Summer is also a great time to meet the local library and work on helping your child find books they really enjoy.
Hire a Tutor: If your student is struggling with reading or math, summer offers an excellent opportunity to strengthen some of the critical skills. Be sure to find someone with experience who can make learning both fun and effective.
Continuing Your Child's Interests: Preventing summer setbacks is not just about hitting club topics; It's about keeping your child's curiosity and cognitive abilities engaged throughout the year. If your child enjoys music, art, outdoor life or anything else, help them find opportunities to do what they love and learn new things as a result.
Find a training camp: Learning does not have to be boring, traditional or happen inside the walls of a classroom. There are many excellent camps and programs that involve academic learning but contain just as much summer fun.
Use an online program: Admittedly, students and parents are quite over online. But if you have a tight budget, a free online program can be a great option to help your student practice reading or math. Contact your child's school or previous teacher for recommendations on high quality programs.
Do not forget downtime: Although it is a good idea to help your child continue their growth during the summer months, do not forget that downtime and play also play an important role in learning. Be sure to budget a time that is absolutely mandatory and give your children a chance to just relax and have fun.
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