All school children (and teachers!) look forward to the long summer holidays, but this rather long break can cause havoc with the continuous process of learning.
According to an article published by Professors Brent Davies and Trevor Kerry, from the International Educational Leadership Centre at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, students can regress academically by up to 1.8 months in core skills such as reading but more significantly in mathematics.
There is frequently talk of changing the school calendar to make the holidays more evenly spread out for many reasons, ‘Summer Learning Loss’ being one of them.
What can you do to prevent it?
So once school is out for the summer, no child would be rushing to do more ‘schoolwork’, but there are many ways that you can ensure that their brains keep working and help retain what they have just spent months learning and maybe even increase their knowledge.
Obviously not all families will be able to send their children to summer camps and many families are keen to use the time to spend together if work commitments allow. But if this is an option there are many ways that your child can benefit.
Apart from being a great experience, children gain an awful lot of self confidence from living somewhat independently and mixing with other children. All children, but particularly those who may struggle academically at school, will get the chance to excel at non-academic activities raising their self esteem enormously without the competitive environment of school, whilst still keeping their brains active.
There are a wide range of places to visit and you will know your child best as to which one to choose that will appeal to their interests, but try to make every one an opportunity to learn something new or to use the skills that they already have. For example, reading the visitor guide out loud as you browse the relevant attractions, helping to calculate the entry costs and money for lunch etc.
Stay at Home Days
Even within the home there are many ways that you can help to keep literacy and numeracy skills up to speed. Cooking and following a recipe is an excellent way way to practice measuring, capacity, ratio (when altering the quantities) along with basic addition and subtraction.
And a day at home is always a fantastic opportunity to share a book with somebody and enhance those reading skills. Many libraries run reading programmes throughout the holidays where children can enjoy reading with other people too.
Many children these days are at their happiest when they are in front of some sort of screen and it is a great way to wind down after months of poring over school books, but this doesn’t mean that the learning has to stop!
Edplace is the sensible choice when choosing ways to keep literacy, numeracy and Science skills ticking over during the long break. Whether your child prefers to sit on the PC or be ‘on the move’ with the app for iPhone or iPad they can gain access to over 3000 worksheets that are automatically marked giving you and your student a good idea of how well they are doing. And the perfect reason to reward them with a maybe a day at the beach and an ice cream!
But don’t forget, the holidays are also the ideal time to enjoy the whole family and spend time together. Make sure you get the balance right and have a great summer!