Thursday, July 25, 2019

Summer Holiday - "How Parents Can Help Kids Retain What They've Learnt While On Vacation"

Summer learning loss is the loss of academic skills and knowledge children can experience over the summer break from school. 
Though experts still debate why this happens and the degree to which children are affected, many teachers say it’s a real issue for many students at the beginning of each year.

Parents can help lessen the impact of summer learning loss while kids are at home with regular activities, discussing appropriate current events, or reading for at least 30 minutes a day.

Experts continue to debate why this may occur, many teachers say it does and there are a number of things parents can do about it.

This include:

  • Hire a tutor to work in the specific areas of struggle.
  • Spend 30 minutes a day reading or working on math or any areas of concern.
  • Invest in one of the many online learning platforms or paper workbooks and have your child spend 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week working on it.
  • Go to a museum, art gallery, or science center and have your child read and explain each exhibit to you.
  • Have your child enroll in summer reading programs at the library.
  • Pull a page from a coloring book that has some different parts to it. 
Every time your child reads for 30 minutes and tells you about what they read, have them color in a piece of that page. When the page is complete, treat them to a reward, whether that’s an ice cream or a special bike ride.

Talk to your child about age-appropriate news that you have read or watched.

Show your kids how to budget, how much things cost, and how you make financial decisions. Have them do the math and then check it with a calculator.

Most of all, parents should look at learning as an everyday activity.

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