Summer break is a time that many children look forward to with great anticipation. It is a time that is filled with the promise of freedom, fun, and friends, and it can be a wonderful way to unwind after the pressures of the school year. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of learning loss, simply because children don’t practice the academic skills they’ve been learning in school. In fact, it is not unusual for children to digress anywhere between one to three months during long summer breaks. Fortunately, there are ways to help prevent summer learning loss through a variety of easy, fun summer learning activities.
Preventing Summer Learning Loss
Preventing summer learning loss is as simple as keeping a child’s mind stimulated on a daily basis–something that even they will greatly enjoy. Here are some super easy tips to follow:
⦁ Set aside some time every day for reading. Even fifteen to twenty minutes of reading every day can greatly reduce the chances of summer learning loss and can provide the child with the opportunity to read purely for pleasure. Have your child read to you, read to your child, or even read your own books side-by-side. It is also highly advisable to check with your local library to find out what summer reading programs they have in place–many set very simple goals (like twenty minutes of reading each day for ten days in a row) and then provide children with fun rewards for meeting them.
⦁ Find ways to drill and improve spelling skills. Spelling and reading often go hand-in-hand, where the more a child drills and improves their spelling skills, the more their reading skills also improve. There are numerous, fun games you can play with your child, even in the car, that will help them drill and improve their spelling skills.
⦁ Write fun summer stories. When it comes to reading and spelling, the final piece of the puzzle is writing. Together, these three points work together to make a confident, literate child who not only has excellent comprehension skills but can also communicate well in writing. You and your child can take the time, even just once every few days, to write fun summer stories about adventures you have had or dream of having.
⦁ Keep math skills sharp. Giving your child a daily math challenge problem to solve that requires them to use their newly developed math skills can help them to keep these skills sharp in a fun, entertaining way. You can even look at purchasing a fun math workbook at your child’s math level in a local learning store or bookstore. Of course, the more you reward your child for participating in these activities, the more interesting they will be.
⦁ Take time to address areas that are weak. It’s not unusual for children to have some academic areas that they are stronger in than others and some academic areas that are weaker than others. You can help to ensure that their transition into the fall school term will be much smoother if you take the time to address those academic areas that are weak. There are endless resources available to you, through your child’s school system, bookstores, learning stores, online and more, that can help you take even the most “boring” subject and make it into something fun and engaging. More importantly, when you take an interest in your child’s education and help them to work through something that they have trouble with, they are often more willing and able to push through their difficulties.
There is no reason why summer break shouldn’t be the fun, free time that children look forward to with great anticipation. By ensuring that they participate in learning activities during this time, however, you can help to prevent the learning loss that often contributes to a more difficult transition back into the fall school term. And you can do it in a way that is light, fun and challenging. For more ideas about how to prevent summer learning loss, contact Delphi Florida today!