Summer is such a breath of fresh air as you say goodbye to homework, carpool, and daily packed lunches; but summer learning loss is also a very real part as well. According to SummerLearning.org, “Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months” as well as losing momentum in their reading skills. These statistics are even more sever for low-income families as they may not have access to as many summer learning activities as some of their peers.
Long summer breaks were developed in a time when many of the families of America were working in agriculture and indoor air conditioning was not available. The demands of education have increased significantly and it is necessary for us as parents to be more readily involved in our child’s literacy and overall education especially in the summer months.
There are 5 areas that can help your child significantly as you head into the beautiful days of summer:
Read with your child:
Oftentimes this goal is best maintained if you have a designated “reading time” within your home. This could be quiet time spent alone if they are independent readers or a time to snuggle up with a good book (these are some of our favorite chapter books and picture books). Take advantage of your local library’s summer programs or activities and let your child explore the shelves and find something that really excites them. This would be an awesome time to take an afternoon and have your librarian explain how their system works and how they can find books themselves that they will love.
I use the term loosely as studying abroad for you may simply be exploring your local city. Take your child out to explore new food, culture, and ways of living. The summer offers the chance to get out of your tiny world and open the doors to something new. Perhaps you could have your child take up a painting class, cooking class, or science camp. If these are a financial challenge you could also think of looking back into your own ancestry and making traditional foods together in your own kitchen and talking about your family roots. Children are always learning and absorbing the world around them and this is your chance to try something new with them!
Keeping a summer journal or having your child take time to write creatively can open a world of imagination. Traditional forms of writing are important too, I have loved using the workbooks from Carson-Dellosa as they offer a very easy program to follow to keep your child on track. Because their summer bridge program workbooks are age specific they are specifically tailored to fit your child’s needs. These books are on sale now for $14.99 and you can use our exclusive discount code: SBA25 to get 25% OFF. These workbooks also offer as a three month guide to keep you on track all summer long.
Take a Class:
Looking into your city’s local class opportunities of the Summer can be a great way to try something new without a long time commitment. If there is a sport or skill that your child has shown some interest in but you aren’t sure if the interest is a “flash in the pan” or something they could commit to long term, a summer course is a perfect way to give something new a try.
I put my daughter into a dance class two years in a row and found out after only one or two classes that she wasn’t ready for the commitment. Last summer she tried a summer dance camp and we had finally found the right timing and fit for her. If you have children who are older you can actually enroll them in summer classes to knock out some elective courses for high school or college. In my personal experience I have found these classes to be much easier and a calmer environment as they were smaller and the professor worked with us more one on one. Not to mention the fact that it can save you a LOT of money in tuition fees if you have a child in college.
Intern or volunteer:
Summer allows for a much more flexible schedule in which you can have your child involved in a career that interests them. Perhaps your child has interest in becoming a veterinarian and would like to volunteer in an animal shelter or you have a child who wants to learn more about becoming a scientist. The summer is a perfect time to beef up their resume or simply explore different possibilities.
If your children are younger consider taking tours of different facilities you may not see otherwise: a chocolate factory, farm, paleontologist lab, water sanitation facility, or local factory. Ask professionals around you if they would be willing to let you come in for an hour and take a peek, you never know when a small experience like that could inspire your child for a lifetime.
We have a real battle as parents to limit screen time and make learning fun and engaging, I hope these tips helped you in some way!
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How do you like to keep summer learning alive?
This post was sponsored by Carson-Dellosa, all opinions and views shared are those of My Mommy Style.
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