So what can you do to stop all of that hard work from being wasted? Whether your child loves to read, play outside or get 'techy', there are many exciting but effective ways to promote learning over the holidays.
Studies have shown that students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t. On average, students lose 2 MONTHS of reading skills over the summer. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests so four to five books over the summer break will have a significant impact when school begins.
Ways to incorporate reading into summer holidays
Physical fitness levels take a hit over the school holidays. Encouraging children to be active over the break will help them to stay at peak mental form, as physical health is known to enhance concentration and academic performance.
Ways to incorporate physical activity into summer holidays
Be sure to take advantage of all the different opportunities to get outside and be active.
There are many opportunities through apps and websites to encourage summer learning. Through promoting vital skills like problem solving and critical thinking , educational games are a valuable resource.
Ways to incorporate educational technology into summer holidays
A great way to ensure your kids are leaning without even realising it is to encourage play with toys that will stimulate their brain. A family puzzle or a board game is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some bonding time together while engaging in some friendly competition! As well as providing important family time, board games that involve any kind of math or counting, or word games like Scrabble or Bananagrams, can help keep skills fresh while having fun.
Tutoring over the holidays can provide an academic boost and is a great way to make sure your kids don't experience the summer slide. This allows them to catch up on problems they may have had throughout the previous school year or it can give them a headstart on the next year.
Combating the summer slide isn't as hard as you think. Prevent the two months of mathematics and literacy skills that can be lost over those summer months by trying out these tips. Let's keep our kids brains active.