I recently read a great article in Essence magazine that was discussing the importance of summer learning due to children having seasonal learning loss. According to the article, almost all students have some learning loss over the summer especially in the math area and in lower income students there seems to be a great loss in the area of reading as well.
Summer learning is a must if you want you student to stay sharp and prepared. In fact, some schools are beginning to have required summer school to make sure students aren’t losing to much of what they have learned over the past school year.
As parents what we need to do is at the end of the year ask your child’s teacher what your child’s strengths are, as well as the what areas seem to be the biggest challenge and then find a program that best suits them. Find an program that includes something exciting for your student as well as one that will help them in the area where they struggle. There are all types of programs out there from reading programs to science camps. But remember they are children and don’t want to be in school year round so make summer learning fun. Also, in addition to organized programs find innovative ways to keep your child learning at all times. This way you can keep them engaged without them even realizing you are trying to teach them something.
There are several different ways to help your child continue to learn over the summer however what works best depends on your child. One thing I believe though is every child can benefit from summer reading programs.
Summer reading programs are a great way to take your child on an adventure. Through books your child’s vocabulary will grow, imagination will deepen and their cognitive function will strengthen. Start reading early with your children and help foster a lifetime love for books. If you don’t know where to start check out these two reading programs sponsored by Sylvan Learning and Barnes and Noble
What things do you do to make sure your child is continuously learning? Leave a comment below let me know.
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