Summer learning loss is a topic of much discussion and the internet is awash with information about it. One article on the subject cites research done by John’s Hopkins University which found that two-thirds of the Year 10 reading achievement gap can be explained by summer learning loss. They also found that by the end of Year 6, children who lacked educational stimulation during the summer are nearly three grade equivalents behind their counterparts.
Similarly, a survey of over 2,000 parents by Explore Learning found that 74% of parents with children under 14 years old say their children’s academic abilities have dropped by September.
There is still plenty of time to help children re-engage with education before school starts in September. These tips and tricks can help parents easily integrate learning into the summer holidays.
Journals: Encourage your child to keep a journal for the rest of the summer holiday. This an easy way to help them practice their writing skills.
Writing stories: This is a great rainy day activity and encourages creativity. Give them some ideas if they need inspiration; you could provide them with the setting, eg a desert island or a haunted house.
Work times tables into your daily routine: For example when travelling in the car or just before bed.
Encourage reading: Encourage your child to read before bed – with you or by themselves. You could even read the same book separately and have a ‘book club’ to discuss what you both thought of it. Or, sign up to the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library for free.
Learning on days out: As well as visiting museums and historical sites, you could make other days out more educationally stimulating by bringing a book or a learning app. For example, a guidebook to a particular coastal area might give information on the history and geography of the area, which children can then try to spot.
Apps: Educational apps are a handy way to learn. They feel like 'play' rather than 'work' and can be easily transported on smartphoens or tablets. You could challenge each other to new high scores on the quizzes!
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