The feeling of the summer vacation stretching ahead of you is great for
students. And while reading and math may be the LAST thing they feel like
doing, not doing anything during the summer holiday can lead to setbacks
in ability. The National Summer Learning Association at Johns Hopkins
University claims that students can lose as much as two months of reading
and math ability over the summer break.
The summer brain drain means that teachers waste the first four to six
weeks revising work that students have forgotten. Students can fall behind
if they are slow to get back into the rhythm and then they will spend
the rest of the year trying to catch up. Summer doesn’t have to
be all about education, but there are ways in which you can help your
students to stay sharp.
Reading is fun
Take them to a bookstore or a library and get them some books that they
will enjoy reading. Books don’t have to be boring, and it doesn’t
matter what they’re reading, which means that comic books, anime
books and magazines are all great summer reads.
Get them to participate in cooking and baking by reading and following
instructions or try some summer projects like woodworking, building robots,
building remote controlled airplanes, sewing clothing, learning a musical
instrument or making a movie.
Set goals for the summer
Work together with your student to set up summer projects you want to pursue.
You can do some of them together and some of them separately. Ensure that
they are part of the process so that you have some really big goals that
utilize extra summer time and keep young brains working. The summer is
a great swathe of time that can be used to make real improvements to you
family’s skill set. Imagine learning a new musical instrument, building
a canoe to take camping for older students and making a kite or building
a playhouse for younger family members. Make sure you set goals for the
summer that will help you to spend time together, give you something to
look forward to and ensure that your students aren’t bored over
Get a tutor
This may not be something your students want to do over the summer, but
taking a little time out each week will make such a huge difference to
the coming year. If your student has been struggling in a subject, or
is preparing to write the SATexams or ACTs, then a couple of hours of tutoring
each week will make the coming year so much better. Get an
in-home tutor to help your student to fill in the missing building blocks and gain confidence
while improving grades.
Summer is also a great time for learning experiences like a trip to the
aquarium or the zoo, or the museum, watching documentaries or going to
the art gallery.
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