Summer is a beautiful time to swim every day, to go camping and to build forts. If you do not want your child to fall behind in learning during the summer vacation, there is no need to make them study all day. A little bit done often can make sure the children are still learning and retaining.
The most important tip to Prevent Summer Learning Loss, is to figure out the timing. Even if you initially plan to do 10 minutes of math and 30 minutes of reading every day, it is easy to get caught in the summer routine of pool parties and playdates and never find the time to do the actual work. I find that the easiest way to make sure the kids still do their schoolwork during the summer, is to set aside a little time for schoolwork after breakfast, before you go anywhere for the day.
9 Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss:
- Math. Math skills are easily forgotten, but to keep them fresh, the child needs very little, 5-10 math problems daily.
- Reading. Summer is the perfect time to improve the child’s reading ability or to make them fall in love with reading. There are multiple ways of doing so. For young, early readers – read with them for 15-30 minutes every day. For older readers, give them a book list ( allow them to have a lot of input into what goes into the list!) and make sure they spend a t least 30 minutes a day reading. You can keep track of the reading assignments in the special reading journal.
- Grammar. Review all grammar rules the child already knows once a week. This should take 10-20 minutes weekly.
- Memory. Memorize new information all summer, as it trains the brain to retain. Memorize states and capitals, Bible passages, historical facts, scientific facts, poetry. 15-20 minutes a week is plenty.
- Science and Art. Work on science experiments and creative projects once a week. During the school year, it is hard to find time for this kind of entertainment. Use Pinterest for creative inspiration.
- Work on the areas where the child is struggling daily. There is no need to spend hours on spelling, for example, but learning a new spelling rule every day during the summer will make a huge difference during the school year.
- Vocabulary. Work on word roots, memorize words from the dictionary -five minutes a day makes a huge difference.
- Writing. Encourage creative writing. If the child is excited to tell you a story , encourage them to write that story down. Even small children can produce a sentence or two a few times a week.
- General knowledge. Listen to audiobooks during those fun trips in the car. Listen to audiobooks about history, geography; listen to the classics. All of this keeps the child’s brain engaged.