Preventing Summer Learning Loss
by Amber Lail | Reprinted from COLUMNS Magazine
Statistics support that “summer learning loss” is real. Students who do not participate in any academic activities over the summer digress 2-3 months in skills. On average, students lose about 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in math computation skills during the summer months. (Find these and other statistics on summer learning loss at summerlearning.org.)
Parents are the first line of defense in supporting their child’s academic health. The summer months are an ideal time to practice academic skills while having plenty of time to do other fun activities as well. Keeping academic activities in your child’s summer routine will help prepare them to enter the next school year with confidence and help ease back into the academic school routine.
Parents who demonstrate they value learning will encourage their children to love to learn. So, don't leave the summer learning just to your children. Participate right along with them and learn something new or relearn forgotten skills. Parents can be proactive in preventing summer learning loss, and help to set their child up for success once the new school year begins.
Many schools offer summer enhancement programs. For additional summer enhancement resources, visit The Christ School’s website at thechristschool.org.
- Read: Take trips to the library. Most libraries have summer reading programs.
- Take field trips: Go to museums, zoos, gardens or other places in the community where children can learn about new things.
- Make time to learn a new skill or activity: Sign up for a new sport, art or music class to keep the mind and body alert and growing.
- Play board games: An excellent way for children to practice thinking, reasoning and logic skills, as well as developing important communication skills.
- Volunteer: Summer months provide the time for children to learn about their community and the value of serving others.
- Develop math skills: Working on just 3-4 math problems per day can close the gap of summer learning loss and keep student’s skills sharp.
- Work on reading comprehension: Provide children with a comprehension workbook, found in most school supply stores. Students of all grades and ability levels benefit from self-quizzes and high-interest stories.
- Review grammar skills: Review grammar skills learned the previous year and begin to work on new concepts. Students greatly benefit from review and pre-learning.
- Encourage creative writing: Improve language skills through imaginative activities like writing a paragraph of a story each week. Start with a fun prompt from their summer experiences.
- Focus on specific skills: Work on the skills that your child had the most trouble with the previous school year. Setting aside just 15-30 minutes each day can greatly benefit students when the new school year begins.
Amber Lail is the Director of Academics and Student Programs at The Christ School. To learn more about the school, contact Joanne Fleming, Admission Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407.849.1665.