Jump into Summer Learning!
Exercise your body & your mind this summer…
When the last bell of the school year rings, there is one thing on the minds of teachers and students alike… getting some R&R. After all, they deserve it, right? The school year has been stressful and long. But before you plan a summer-long pool day, parents should know that too much laid-back vacation could spell big trouble for students in the fall.
Studies have shown time and again that on average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computational skills during the summer months. This means that when they head back to school in the fall, they spend about 6 weeks reviewing and simple getting back into the swing of things rather than learning new material.
Sure this is a transitional time and requires some adjustment, but from an educational standpoint these numbers represent a huge academic deficit.
There is good news though. This summer learning loss can easily be prevented.
Consider summer as a beach. Now think of the learning as the water and relaxation is the sand. A brain that spends too much time lounging on the sand can easily get bored and lazy. But time spent swimming and playing in the waves makes the brain feel eager, refreshed, and ready for more!
That’s what summer learning can do for the brain—make it feel refreshed and ready to learn. Now consider how much more prepared for success your child will be after a summer of mentally stimulating activity.
It’s easy to keep the brain stimulated—a few hours a week is all it takes!
Find out how here: Think of Summer as Some More Learning
Get some rest, relax, and then get back into the learning groove. The more students learn this summer, the easier that next year will be.
We can’t think of a better reason to jump for joy!