Summer is not far off and finding an array of fun summer learning activities will not only engage your child but can help ward off summer learning loss. You are like most families, preparing for the summer vacation break from school. Your child has progressed nicely through the academics of the current school year and is looking forward to a break. School provides a routine for learning and practicing material. What happens to this routine during the summer?
Research shows that students lose a month of academic achievement over the summer months. That means that they retain 8 months of information from a typical 9 month school year. For computational math and spelling, they may lose 2.6 months. Students retain only about 2/3 of the information they learned in these subjects. How do you as a parent limit this summer learning loss? Here are a few tips.
Fun Summer Learning Tip #1- Reading during the summer is important. Students are required to read during the school year and should continue to develop their reading abilities during the summer. Find out at the local library about summer reading programs. The librarians should be able to recommend books for your child that are age appropriate as well as those that are of interest to your child. You should try to be a good role model and read as well. Let your child see you read. Children who frequently read often have parents who also read.
Fun Summer Learning Tip #2- Are you planning a summer vacation away from home? Encourage your child to make a journal about the trip. This is a good way to practice writing skills. Have your child help map out the trip to practice math and science skills. Are you planning to visit historic sites? Have your child write about these as well. He could create a play and become a character from the historical time period. Encourage your child to write about his summer activities in addition to vacation. He may learn to do something new, like ride a bike, and a record of his progress would be interesting.
Fun Summer Learning Tip #3- Having your child help with cooking is a way to practice math and science skills. Following a recipe is a good way to practice following directions. Most recipes have fractions for various amounts of ingredients. This, of course, is math practice.
Fun Summer Learning Tip #4- Consider tutoring for your child during the summer months. Your child can practice skills learned during the school year and get a deeper understanding of the knowledge he acquired. He can also get a head start on the next school year. Online tutoring offers a convenient option. There is no commuting for you or the tutor. Tutoring sessions fit more easily into your schedule. Online tutoring uses technology that students love, computers and the internet.
Writing about summer activities, reading age appropriate books, adult supervised cooking, and tutoring are all fun summer learning activities that can reinforce what your child learned during the school year. By incorporating subjects like reading, writing, math, and science into activities in which you participate during the summer, you can limit the summer learning loss for your child.