Without opportunities to learn and practice essentials skills over the summer, most children fall behind academically. Research shows that summer learning loss varies, but children can lose the equivalency of 2.5 months of math and 2 months of reading skills while away from school. Children run the risk of losing more than just academic knowledge during the summer. Research also shows that children are at greater risk of actually gaining more weight during summer vacation than during the school year without daily play, activity and physical fitness.
Summer vacation is a great opportunity for parents to extend the classroom learning experience into the home. Create fun and innovative learning experiences to reinforce basic skills and build healthy living and social habits as a family. Summer vacation should be fun and carefree, but it is also important to take the time to prepare children for the upcoming school year.
It is all about fundamentals. Classroom success begins by having strong basic skill knowledge in math, reading, writing, language arts, geography and science. If children do not have a firm grasp of concepts taught in the year they are leaving, they run the risk of not understanding new skills and concepts introduced in the new school year. Traditional book based learning gives parents and children the opportunity to reinforce skills in a physical and tactile manner.
Physical activity and proper eating habits are critical to your child’s overall health and well-being. Healthy children attend school more days, learn better, retain more knowledge, possess higher self-esteem and have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases. Focusing on overall development creates a well-rounded, balanced and happier lifestyle.
Understanding core values and the importance of good character traits such as kindness, honesty and perseverance allows children to have a clearer understanding of their behavior at home, in their classroom and in our communities. Parents are the ultimate teacher of good character and social skills. Children with strong core values live more fulfilled lives and treat themselves and others with acceptance and respect.