Summer learning

By / in Academic Tutoring, Education, Learning / Posted July 10, 2018

The summer slide

This phrase was coined by educators to describe an unfortunate outcome of summer vacation for school-aged kids. Also known as the summer (learning) loss or summer set back, the summer slide is when students’ lose educational progress during summer breaks. Students that lack access to summer learning opportunities are even more negatively impacted. This loss of learning compounds throughout their school years.

Researchers of the famed Baltimore university, Johns Hopkins, tracked Baltimore students from 1st grade to age 22. They found that economic status drastically impacted how much their educational standing suffered during the summer months. Low-income students generally were at the same reading level as their peers at the end of the school year, but when they came back to school in the fall they trailed them significantly. The researchers concluded that two-thirds of this reading achievement gap among low-income students is due to the lack of learning and enrichment opportunities in the summer during their formative years. Needless to say, money matters.

Fortunately, there are ways to beat the summer slide regardless of income. Learners have tons of options of things to do throughout the summer. Staying active and learning can help them keep up with (or pass) their peers. All you need to do is to take a little action.

READ, READ, READ

Reading improves memory, concentration, and stimulates the mind.

Reading is a must. It is one of the best ways to improve overall communication and speaking ability. Studies show that reading improves memory, concentration, and stimulates the mind enough to fight degenerative brain diseases. Have your child or teen student choose books to read. The best thing to do is set aside 30 minutes to an hour each day for reading. Daily reading is surely attainable, but at the very least, have them finish one book each month. Make sure your Learner practices active reading. You could also read to them, correct them, and encourage discussion about the book. This is a great time to make reading a habit. It will help them get better grades and improve overall learning. Reading brings life-long benefits.

Stay active

Exercise is also a critical value to promote to young Learners. Even just 30 minutes a day makes a big difference. Staying healthy is, of course, good for the body, but it also boosts learning ability! By increasing blood flow to the brain and body, exercise can improve cognition and memory. Participating in team sports is a great way to stay physically active and social throughout the summer. Nowadays, it’s very common for organizations or companies to offer many kinds of free activities for kids. Be on the lookout for free summer activities in your area. Here’s a great list of free things to do with sources!

Learn a new skill

Learning life skills, academic skills, and digital skills are a must for all students.

Pursuing personal interests and productive hobbies are always a good thing. Encourage your Learner to get better at the things they are already good at, but also be sure to seek out new skills. Make sure your young Learner has the necessary life skills before entering high school. These life skills can be practiced when opportunities inevitably present themselves. For older Learners, learning life skills, academic skills, and digital skills are extremely important. Take time over the summer to commit to learning a new skill. Make a schedule so they practice it throughout the week. Apple often has free activities at their store locations – find out what’s happening at a store near you. They give short camps introducing kids to design, coding, movie making, and more.

Be entrepreneurial

Reading, staying active, learning skills, and being entrepreneurial help a ton!

Kids and young adults would greatly benefit from the experiences entrepreneurship can provide. School and traditional education have their benefits, but they also have their counterpoints. School is not where creative or entrepreneurial thinking is bred. Following directions and eventually pursuing traditional career paths are what’s promoted. Getting your Learner to start developing entrepreneurial traits will work wonders for their sense of creativity, responsibility, and competency. This will help them develop their problem-solving skills, improve communication, and possibly, even make money. The combination of skills, benefits, unique experiences and learning opportunities can’t be gained anywhere other than in entrepreneurship. Connect with others to learn together, improve your skills, or work on a project!

All students are at risk of falling victim to the summer slide. Summer vacation is coveted by all students. It’s their time to relax, enjoy themselves, and have fun. All those things can still happen, just be sure to take action and fight the summer loss. Our suggestions will give short and long-term benefits – reading, staying active, learning skills, and being entrepreneurial, will all further develop their confidence and ability! The LearnX team engages in each of these things every day and we can attest to their huge benefits. We will spread these positive values in the LearnX community! See you there.

 

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