Most kids can't wait for school to get out, but did you know that summer can be a critical time for their academic development?
Three months without any educational instruction can lead to a phenomenon called summer learning loss. Also known as the "summer slide" or "summer brain drain," it's a time when many students lose much of the information they were taught during the school year.
As you can imagine, these losses have major consequences for your child's education. So what can you do to ensure they don't lose their hard-earned smarts over the summer months?
Jackie Veling, Editor for Active.com, suggested 5 ways to avoid learning loss:
- Register for a Library Card
- Buy Your Child a Journal
- Plan Weekend Trips
- Enroll in an Educational Camp
- Encourage Overall Wellness
You can find the details here: http://www.activekids.com/parenting-and-family/articles/5-ways-to-avoid-summer-learning-loss.
If you have more action-oriented approaches to summer learning loss, welcome to share them below.