What is Summer Learning Loss?
Summer is the sweet time when the days get longer, the air gets warmer, and the time goes by faster. We all look forward to summer with the same enthusiasm we had when we were kids. The thought of two full months off school, vacation, and sunny days kept us excited as the school year came to a close.
However, there is one downside to this bright and happy season, summer learning loss. As we soak up the sun our kids are prone to forgetting what they have learned through the school year. Many research studies have focused on this issue to pinpoint exactly how much they can lose and what causes this. Here are some statistics that prove the effects summer can have on our children’s academic skills:
- ¸ “On average, students lose 2 months of reading skills over the summer.”
- ¸ “2.6 months of math skills are lost over the summer”
- ¸ “By the end of grade six students who have experienced summer learning loss over the years are an average of 2 years behind their peers.”
- “It can take up to 2 months from the first day of school for a student’s brain development to get back on track.”
Although summer is a needed break from school, we can’t let our kids fall behind. Summer learning loss can be prevented by simply incorporating learning games, tutoring, and reading into our kids’ daily routine during this sunny season. One of the easiest ways to make sure our kids are having fun while reinforcing the skills they learned in school is by registering them in summer camps.Summer camps are the best solution for making sure our kids active, meeting new people, and learning new things. Whether it’s an arts camp or a S.T.E.A.M. camp that allows them to mix academics with fun during their break. School isn’t the only atmosphere they should be conditioned to learn in. Summer is the time to expand their horizons and have experiment in new subject areas.
School subjects that they may hate during the year could become their favorite during summer as they learn something new that needs that subject. Music is a great way to reinforce their math skills as they count notes, beats, and calculate the times they have to play. Geometry, math, and science are key elements anyone needs to explore the visual arts. In an art projects kids are motivated to express themselves while mixing in geometric shapes, measuring where things need to be positioned, and experimenting with how mediums react on a canvas. Right there our children are reinforcing everything they learned in school while exploring something new.
Falling behind because they forgot skills during the summer shouldn’t be normal and needs to be avoided. Even if summer camp isn’t an option, there is always encouraging them to read every day. We don’t every child to be a diligent historian, anthropologist, or scholar that dedicate every second to books. We just need our children to explore new imaginary worlds hidden behind the words of talented writers who have created a universe full of possibilities. Paint the picture of books being their gateway to embark on exciting adventures to new worlds, different countries, and new ideas. After they get a taste of the pleasure of reading you won’t struggle to get them reading during the summer.
Our Kids Village Summer Camp for toddlers is an all-inclusive opportunity for your little ones to explore all subjects (engineering, cooking, gym, music, arts & crafts, science, and more). They end each week in our Kids Village Camp with a fun water day at our location. Make this a life changing summer for your kids at any age.
Don’t let your precious little ones fall into these statistics this summer. Remember there are plenty of opportunities to have your children learn new things and come into the new year more than prepared for success. Stay tuned for more posts about early childhood development, tips, recipes, and fun stories about these interesting years. If you have something you would like for us to blog about let us know. Remember every day is an adventure at Kids Village, your kids will love it and so will you!
Written by: Magda Y. Gelves (My Social Catch)