Summer Camps to keep students on track
So, the final bell of the school year has rung; even though the classroom is closed for the season, it doesn’t mean that a child’s potential to learn has stopped. In fact, summer is a critical time for learning. Without some measure of formal education, kids can experience a significant drop in their learning momentum that can affect how they perform next year.
Research into the study of summer learning shows some pretty surprising findings. Here are The Facts that you need to know—
- All students experience SUMMER LEARNING LOSSES when they do not engage in educational activities in the summer.
- On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computational skills during the summer months.
- 56% of students want to be involved in a summer program that “helps kids keep up with summer schoolwork or prepare for the next grade.”
- Research shows that teachers typically spend between four-six weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
- Since 1996, researchers have studied the effect of summer break on student learning. A common finding across these studies is that students generally score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
- Research demonstrates that all students experience significant learning losses in procedural and factual knowledge during the summer months.
How the summer break can impact your child’s learning: some numbers:
- 2.6—the numbers of months that it can take to get back into the swing of learning in the fall
- 60—the number of days that children spend not learning over the summer
- 6—the number of weeks that teachers have to spend reviewing material from last year
And two very important numbers to consider when planning your children’s summer schedule:
- 2-3—the number of hours per week of supplemental education needed to prevent summer education losses and keep your child on track for education success.
With these very important numbers in mind, doesn’t it make sense to include learning in your child’s summer? Summer camps at Oxford Learning make it easy. Find a location near you and beat summer learning losses for good.
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End-of-year report cards are almost here…with their arrival comes the potential for shocking and unpleasant revelations.
Report cards are generally upheld as the ultimate indicator of student progress—after all, they are the final word on a child’s academic progress in the school year—but the wait and the wondering about what the report card will reveal can be very stressful to both kids and parents alike.
In an attempt to remove the wondering and the unpleasant surprises from the reporting process, school boards across the US have implemented online programs such as EdLine, to help parents monitor their children’s daily academic standing.
According to an article in the New York Times called I Know What You Did Last Math Class these programs open the lines of communication and to keep parents informed at every possible opportunity throughout the school year, not just when report cards arrive.
The reporting technology fuels the debate about a parent’s level of involvement and what is or isn’t private in a child’s education. As you might expect, responses to programs that allow parents to monitor their child’s progress online vary from one end of the spectrum to the other.
Keeping informed of your child’s academic progress however is not dependent solely on new online technologies—there are many other warning signs throughout the year which signal that a student may be heading into academic hot water.
There are the newer technology or web-based indicators; school blogs, teacher sites, and class webpages where parents can log on and read what particular assignment a class is working on now. There are behavioral indications—bad attitudes about school, lack of motivation, lying, skipping classes; and there are the more obvious warnings—a poor mark on a test, homework not completed, or even the dreaded a call from the teacher.
Regardless of any warning signs that may have been missed during the school year, the end-of-year report card is the final update. And while it may be the end of the road for progress in the school year, it doesn’t mean that all hope for the academic future is lost.
After all, there is still the summer to get the kids back on track, even if there is no online monitoring program.
More on that next time.
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