While summer vacation has traditionally been a time of rest and relaxation for American kids, that doesn’t mean they can’t indulge in a little summer learning over these beautiful, balmy few months too.
In fact, continuing to learn over the summer can be important to a child’s ability to retain information. Kids who fail to actively engage their brains over that time period are often subject to the dreaded “Summer Slide” in which they forget information they’ve already learned.
One Brookings Institute study found the average American student loses the equivalent of a month’s worth of education during summer vacation.
One factor that can help? Parent involvement. To encourage that, savvy teachers and school administrators can use a mass notification system like SwiftK12 to offer parents suggestions for fun lessons that celebrate summer learning all season long.
If you’re a conscientious teacher wishing promote summer learning and encourage parent involvement, here are a few ideas:
- Read up on fun games kids can enjoy during long car rides; see suggestions at Scholastic.com.
- Have students pick out fun library books they can read or have read to them. Regional libraries often offer appealing summer reading programs complete with prizes and rewards, or you can create your own neighborhood book club in which different books are discussed.
- Collaborate with other parents to trade off time slots and get “more bang for your buck” by organizing educational experiences or field trips that include multiple children.
- Create child-friendly science experiments involving nature; here are ideas from EducationWorld.com involving bugs.
- Provide your child a budget for a summer cookout, then let him plan the menu, buy the ingredients and prepare some of the foods.
- Challenge your child to design an invention (on paper or in 3D) that would be useful during the summertime, such as a hot-weather garment or a new beach toy.
Learn more ways parents can encourage at-home summer learning on Alert Solutions’ blog.