Did you know, according to the U.S. Department of Education, 25% of academic learning is lost during summer break if nothing is done over summer to retain that information? That is 2.6 months’ worth of learning, gone.
So as parents, how do you combat that “summer slide” while still allowing your children to be kids and have a summer break? And, how do you answer that big question all parents have in May and early June, “What am I going to do with these kids all summer long?”
We have 11 excellent tips to help you diversify your child’s summer activities and keep their academic knowledge intact:
1. Read. Every day.
Go to the library. Set a book goal for the summer. Let your child pick out interesting books that are at the right level for them.
2. Brain teasers, crosswords, and other puzzle activities are a great daily activity to get the brain working. Have the whole family participate and compete to make it more interesting.
3. Math for older kids:
Encourage your child to get a job that requires them to use their math skills. Making change for customers, counting inventory, etc.
4. Math for younger kids:
Work it into everyday life. Have them calculate the groceries you are buying and ask them to help you keep under a certain budget. Have them calculate the volume of the neighborhood pool. The list is endless.
5. Cook together.
Have your child read and follow the directions in the recipe to practice reading and math/measuring skills.
6. Plant a garden.
Keeping a garden alive, takes regular care and even research to learn how and when to fertilize or harvest. It is a great task to take a small part of the day.
7. Field trips to zoos, museums, and parks.
Have your children write about their experiences in a journal. You can also create a list of questions that they must find answers to on the trip. Many times museums and zoos have some of these items available on their website or at their visitor center.
8. Research family trips.
Whether it is a full-out vacation, a weekend getaway or a day trip to a new place, have your children research the trip ahead of time. Have them take notes about things they’d like to see and important information about those things. And maybe even questions they can ask a tour guide, museum employee, or otherwise.
9. Set a goal to learn a new word either every day or every week.
10. Summer programs
Summer camps, summer tutoring, book clubs, reading immersion programs are all a great way to keep your child’s academic skills fresh over the summer.
Have your child write fan fiction to extend their favorite movie past the ending. Ask them: What happens next? and let them write and write and write.
Lake Norman Tutoring’s Summer Suggestion
At Lake Norman Tutoring, we want your child to enjoy their summer while losing less of what they learned in school. To make both a reality we offer fun summer sessions here in our Davidson tutoring office. We can gear a program to reach new goals while keeping last year’s academic knowledge alive.
We also offer virtual tutoring. The benefits are endless with this option. Your child can continue with their program while on vacation, at Grandma’s house, or during the day when you are at work. With virtual tutoring, you don’t have to get across town or fill your evening schedule, which allows summer break to still feel like summer break.
Give us a call today to plan your child’s avoid the summer slide tutoring program today! 704-845-0561