Tips on how to beat the :Brain Drain"
Summer Learning Loss – Can it be avoided?
- Summer learning loss is real
- Research has shown that students can lose as much as 2 to 3 months of academics from the school year during the summer if they don't keep their brains active and engaged
- Sometimes called the "brain drain"
- Many teachers find themselves spending the first few weeks of school re-teaching concepts from the previous year because the majority of their students forgot the concepts and/or how to do them
- Having your students engaged invites them into your grown-up world, something that most kids can't resist
- Different areas of academics and suggestions to keep learning fun and try to avoid this summer learning loss:
- Reading – Allow kids to read what they like, offer a variety of materials (books, newsletters, magazines, etc.), encourage them to read everything and read aloud (food labels, road signs, restaurant menus, etc.)
- Writing – Find pictures from magazine, the internet, your own photos and "prompt" the child to write about the picture, keep a journal during a vacation, write a family member in another city and/or state
- Spelling – create a word wall and write new words your student has learned on this word wall, play word games in the car: pick a letter and find as many things as you can that begin with that letter and write them down – switch the letter after 5 minutes, have a family spelling bee
- Vocabulary – Reward often; when a student uses a word correctly, reward them for that, create different organized word lists, Talk often; use conversation as a way to build vocabulary and use new words when speaking
Math - Have your child help plan a vacation: Find the most direct route, what's the most economical hotel, Help plan a family event, such as a BBQ: what would groceries cost, what is the best buy for hamburgers (pre-made patties or by the pound), is there enough propane or charcoal, count different items while driving or sitting around, make home-made flash cards, don't "trash talk" math – if a parent had a bad childhood experience with math and is negative about it, the student is bound to be negative about math as well