“Brain Drain”….what to do to help avoid it

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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‘Summer Brain Drain’: How to Combat Seasonal Learning Loss

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6 comments
Autumn
Autumn

I love these tips. It is so important to make sure children are taken care of year round. They work so hard in school, and it's a shame that so many lose the valuable skills that they learn when they are taking a much-deserved break for summer! Thanks for sharing the reading programs. I will be sure to pass them along :)

Cassandra
Cassandra

The hardest thing I have found is getting my child to take the time out to engage in educational activities when all of his friends are outside NOT learning. His school didn't offer any summer programs so we signed up for tutoring lessons through WyzAnt.com for 2 hours a week. Our tutor mixes a lot of games in with the lessons so it puts less of an emphasis on what they're missing outside.

Katherine G
Katherine G

To keep my kids minds going They are required to work every other day and sometimes before they do things such as play the video game. They love to read so they are constantly reading and sometimes I ask them impromptu questions and have them look up the answers to some of the things they ask me.

Mushy Mamma
Mushy Mamma

Yes it is very important to make learning fun, you can really teach kids without them even realizing. Sometimes you gotta pull a fast one on them :)

Mushy Mamma
Mushy Mamma

Katherine- That is a great idea asking them random questions and having them research. I only have a 3 year old but I do something similar, I act as if I don't know and tell him I need him to teach me little things, he gets so excited to tell/teach me. I will have to remember these other things as my child grows older