Education Minute #8 - Summer Learning Loss

Did you know that on average, students lose the equivalent of one month of learning during the summer? This phenomenon is called “summer learning loss.” Schools generally spend the first several weeks of the new school year re-teaching old skills so that students are prepared to learn new material. I have a few quick tips that will help you support your student to retain learning over the summer AND still have fun.

  • Utilize your local library! Set a goal for reading a certain number of books over the summer.
  • Go on field trips! Take the kids to your local art, history, and science museums, to the zoo, the farmer’s market, bakeries, or even factories that offer tours. Ask them to draw pictures or write stories about the favorite parts of their trips.
  • Cook together! Cooking provides great opportunities to reinforce math skills.
  • Have family game nights! Games like Taboo, Pictionary, Scrabble, and Boggle are tons of fun and keep kids’ minds sharp.
  • Travel the world without leaving home! Pick several countries to explore. Learn about their culture, history, and traditions. Try to cook an authentic recipe. Discuss what they’re most known for in the world.
  • And finally, take advantage of all the free and low-cost outdoor festivals and children’s learning activities happening in your city over the summer.

There are so many more things you can find to do with your children during the summer; this list is just the tip of the iceberg. Get creative, and enjoy the summer without sacrificing learning!