Summer may be a great break from school for your kids, but it shouldn’t be a break from learning. On average, students who don’t engage in summer learning lose the equivalent of two month’s worth of grade-level math and reading skills. Most teachers spend the first few weeks of school in the fall re-teaching already learned concepts.
So what can you do to keep your child’s knowledge sharp over the summer?
Keep lots of books around and make regular trips to the library. Encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes a day.*
2. Take educational family vacations
Talk to the teachers or research curriculum and find out what subjects will be taught next year. Try to plan outings or trips to incorporate those subjects.
3. Encourage mathrelated activities
Get your children to help with recipes or calculate the change or tip at dinner to keep their math skills sharp.
4. Stay Active
Without recess and PE, make sure your kids are getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
5. Send your child to summer school
Consider a summer academic program either in the classroom or online. Reach out to your child’s teacher or the curriculum coordinator to find out what types of programs are available and which would be best suited for your child.
* The Georgia Department of Education has a lot of resources on their website to help parents encourage learning through the summer, www.gadoe.org. ■