Summer is soooo needed. It’s a welcome time for children to take a break from the daily school schedule and have some down time. Now, summer time does not mean that there is a complete halt of learning! Did you know that over the summer some students lose up to 60% of the reading and math skills they learned during the year? (scholastic.com) Many people refer to this as seasonal brain drain. Research has shown that many teachers spend between 4 – 6 weeks re-teaching materials that students have forgotten over the summer. (today)?? Although everyone needs a break, students that spend some time on their basic reading, writing and maths skills fare better in the long run.
For the next two episodes, we are going to look at how you can make summer learning fun and avoid summer learning loss.