Help Kids Retain and Learn this Summer

Summer Learning – Help kids retain and learn this summer

For most students, summer is a time to play and take a break from school. This is why learning tends to slide during the summer. Research shows that students that have a long summer vacation lose several months worth of learning. Spending a little bit of time over the summer months teaching your children can have a huge impact on how successful a learner your child will be. Math is the subject that is neglected the most. It is easy to see why, reading seems to be more convenient and much more interesting to children than sitting down to practice some math.

The U.S. Department of Education offers some excellent ideas for helping kids retain and learn information. They call them “Summer Home Learning Recipes” and have them broken down by Grades to help you choose appropriate activities depending on the age of your child. There are many great ideas listed in this section from introducing your kids to daily newspapers to creating a list of bills and adding up costs of living, teaching them a little math and responsibility.

  • Making regular trips to the local library can be a great way to get kids interested in reading and learning. Librarians often plan events throughout the summer that you can sign up for.
  • Include them in everyday activities such shopping at the grocery store or cooking a new recipe. Try to implement some basic math skills like adding the cost of several products, etc.
  • Let you children help you pick a magazine to subscribe to. They will be much more likely to read it if they feel that they picked.
  • If you children will be watching television, encourage them to watch educational programs about science or nature and be sure to ask them questions about what they have learned.
  • The outdoors is a great place for learning. Observe rocks, animals, insects and leaves at park. Plant a garden. Try some science experiments.
  • Take field trips to museums, local historical sites, or zoos.

    These are just a few ideas to keep those brains working all summer long. To a little research or ask other parents what ideas they have. There are a million things you can do to keep your kids learning over the summer and it will pay off in your child’s academic life.

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