Many parents have heard the scary-but-true statistic that children who do not read over summer break can lose up to two months of reading achievement. According to Reading Rockets’ review of 13 empirical studies on summer reading loss, over time, this can create a compounded achievement gap of 1.5 years before a child has even reached middle school.
The good news: it’s not hard to curb summer reading loss. With a little effort, you can help your child continue to strengthen that “reading muscle” and prevent the dreaded summer slide so that when the next school year begins, he or she is ready to hit the ground running. Here are five tips to build those literacy skills this summer:
Dr. Ray Huntington of the Huntington Learning Center urges parents to engage their children in learning activities to avoid summer regression. Put simply, summer regression is the loss of academic knowledge gained throughout the school year. “Learning loss or the ‘summer slide’ among students over summer break is a very real problem that we see often,” says Huntington, adding that most students can lose several months of grade-level equivalency in math and reading achievement during this period. He offers several ways for parents to help minimize summer regression.
For students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), simple tasks such as getting ready for school and finishing a homework assignment can be a stressful battle. Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center offers a few strategies for parents to keep ADHD students focused and on task.
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Summer vacation is a welcome reprieve from the busy days of the school year, but for many parents, it can bring up concerns about their children losing skills and falling behind. Luckily, there are a number of things parents can do to help students retain knowledge while they’re not in school. “Summer learning activities do not have to be rigorous or mimic classroom learning to be effective,” says Eileen Huntington, Co-Founder of the Huntington Learning Center. “With a little planning and creativity, parents can offer their children a variety of fun learning experiences that will help them stay fresh.” Huntington offers these ideas to avoid summertime learning loss:
According to the National Summer Learning Association at Johns Hopkins University, all students experience learning losses when they are not involved in educational activities over the summer. Eileen Huntington, Cofounder of Huntington Learning Center agrees that planning meaningful activities for the summer months can prevent children from regressing—and help them be ready for the next grade. “It sounds overwhelming to come up with a summer full of educational activities, but there are so many great things children can do to continue learning in the summer that don’t involve homework and studying,” says Huntington. “Look within your community for inspiration. You’ll likely find lots of fun programs and opportunities that your child will enjoy—and his or her teacher will appreciate!” Huntington offers these sparks to find fun summer learning activities in your community:
For many students, going back to school is an exciting occasion - a chance to make new friends, embark on new extra-curricular activities and take on new responsibilities. For all students - including those who may have struggled through the last semester - it's also a chance for a fresh start toward academic success. Here are some key steps parents and caregivers can take to prepare them for the journey ahead.
Remember that "go get 'em" attitude you and your child had at the beginning of the school year? That certainty that setting aside "homework time," limiting TV and recreational Web surfing and staying in close contact with teachers would lead to top grades all year long? If these seem like distant memories now that the year is half over, you're not alone. Unfortunately the mid-point of the school year can be a "make or break" time for addressing any problems that have held your son or daughter back. Taking a close look at the following indicators will help you determine if your child's current studying habits and overall approach to school work are making the grade:
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