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.
Summer break is here, which means that high school students aren't interacting in the classroom or engaging in problem-solving activities in a formal setting.
While summer is typically a time for children to relax and enjoy time off from all-day learning, it's a good idea to take charge of your child's skills during this period.
Math is a skill that requires frequent practice to master. How can you help your child learn "practical math" at home? Here are several activities to help your child reinforce his or her math skills.
As many parents know, self-esteem plays a significant role in a child's academic career. Children with healthy self-esteem feel confident and capable, resulting in a "can-do" attitude and a willingness to be persistent when it comes to tackling difficult subjects or trying new activities. Read on for a few pointers on how to help boost your child's confidence when it comes to school...and life.
While you might think of pre-school or kindergarten as the "beginning" of your child's life as a student, the early years at home are rich with opportunities to develop knowledge that has a lifelong impact as well. Here are some tips for giving your child a vibrant head start before he or she heads off to school:
Does the mere idea of helping your child tackle algebra or geometry make your head spin? If so, you're not alone. Plenty of math-o-phobic parents find it difficult to help youngsters learn these subjects when their own skills are lacking. Fortunately, helping your child build a foundation for learning mathematics may be a lot easier than you realize. Here are a few activities that will pave the way:
Solid reading skills are vital for success on many of the tests your child will take between Kindergarten and high school graduation - including the SAT and ACT. Students therefore need to possess a strong vocabulary and be confident in their ability to discern the meanings of many words. Here are some tips for building word power:
In addition to being critical for success in school, mathematics skills are vital for many of today's most lucrative and interesting careers. One of the best ways to you're your child prepare for these opportunities is to understand what he or she should be learning at each level of K-12 schooling, based on recommendations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).