Summer Learning Loss

Summer Is Here!  Are you ready?

Believe it or not, summer is around the corner!  This is the time of year we all look forward to some unstructured, downtime with thoughts of school a million miles away.  As you think about the plans to take a break, studies show that this is not a good idea. Here are the facts:

  • Students can lose up to 15% of their academic ability over the summer if they don’t read, write, or practice math.
  • Some children lose as much as three months of academic progress over the summer.
  • Learning loss is inevitable when kids take the summer off from educational activities.
  • Over 50% of children seek to build their education skill set and prepare for the next grade by participating in educationally based summer programs.
  • Teachers spend the first four to six weeks of a new school year re-teaching and reviewing last year’s material due to summer learning loss.

What can you to make sure your child does not regress over the summer?

  1. Ask your child’s teacher for suggestions on books and activities for summer learning specific to your child. If your child is struggling in a particular subject, summer is a great time to go back and remediate.  This can bridge the learning gaps and build their confidence.
  2. Make summer learning a part of your schedule.   A good rule of thumb is twenty to thirty minutes three days per week should be spent on summer learning.
  3. Continue to read EVERY day!
  4. Even the best parents can become overwhelmed and exhausted with a long, unstructured break.  Consider hiring a tutor who can create an individually tailored plan to keep your child’s summer packed with educationally stimulating activities. Many students work better when the teacher isn’t mom or dad.
  5. Paper/pencil tasks are not best for all children.  Consider apps and educational games to keep your child engaged.
  6. Make summer learning fun…cook with your children, plant a garden, have a family book club, make a summer scrapbook!

Give your child an opportunity to focus on the skills they need to be successful and confident for the upcoming school year.  For more information on how Little Scholars can help your child reach his full potential this summer, contact us at sjefferson@littlescholarsllc.com.

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