Research shows that teachers typically spend between 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer!
These lazy, hazy months are good for re-charging, however, possibly not so good for brain growth.Here is a list of ideas for reducing summer learning loss.
- Know your library and all that is has to offer. Most libraries have helpful librarians whom will recommend level appropriate books. In addition, most local libraries have summer encouragement type programs.
- Enroll your child in a camp that uses their mind, such as writing or legos. There are camps for every subject, hobby, sport, etc. Any camp is better for the mind than watching television.
- Check out the many free websites for practicing math or other subjects.
- Contact your child’s teacher ( past or future ) for project ideas.
- Enroll your child in a supplemental learning center or have an in-home tutor visit.
- Have your child embark in an online course.
- Have your child research your vacation destination before going… then have him/her write about your vacation when you get back home.
- Visit museums, zoo’s and aquariums.
The summer months are an excellent time for your child to get caught up on some weak points from last school year, or get a head start on the next school year.
Of course, summer is also an excellent time for fun and relaxation too!