June 30, 2016 Blog
The end of an elementary or high school year always feels like a triumph. All the notes taken, essays written, facts memorized, and projects turned in have finally paid off. With another year of school finished and a summer of relaxation up ahead, a student is likely to be overcome with excitement and relief.
While a summer break is hard earned and well deserved, if study habits aren’t maintained over the summer, students are at risk to forget what they learned in the previous year. This sets them back when they go back to school in September, and can be a major hinderance to their learning process. The purpose of school is for students to gradually build on the knowledge they’ve attained, but if they don’t keep their minds fresh while taking a break from school, a lot of their hard work can go to waste.
As much as students deserve to take time off and de-stress during the summer months, it’s crucial that families spend some time each week making sure that their child remembers what they’ve been taught and is prepared to build on that knowledge when they get back to school.
In an Op-Ed column for the New York Times , National Summer Learning Association vice president Jeff Smink warns parents of the risks of letting their kids off the hook too easy: “If students are not engaged in learning over the summer, they lose skills in math and reading. Summers off are one of the most important, yet least acknowledged, causes of underachievement in our schools.”
The threat of summer learning loss is real, and if it goes unaddressed, can have major consequences for a child’s academic growth. This doesn’t mean that students should be worked as hard during the summer months as they are during the school year, or that parents need to devote themselves to a full-time homeschooling regimen. There are plenty of easy ways that parents can keep their children learning using fun activities that don’t feel like work.
Scavenger hunts are a fun and easy way to teach kids about nature and geography. Education apps like Video Science and Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries are great ways to learn about science through games. It’s also a great idea for high school students to have a summer reading list, where they keep weekly journal entries on what they like and dislike about the books. It’s a fun way to keep a student’s mind active, and writing about personal reaction to a book rather than analyzing themes and symbols is more fun and less rigid than a high school English assignment. We here at TutorBright think it’s crucial to fight summer learning loss, and that’s why we offer our Smart Start Summer Program. We offer specialized, one-to-one, in-home tutoring that get your child on the path to success. We focus on your child’s specific needs to make sure that they’re where they need to be when September rolls around.
Here’s TutorBright CEO, Sunny Verma talking about summer learning loss on Global News.
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