How Do You Prevent a Summer Brain Drain?
Please share your ideas for keeping our kids engaged intellectually over the summer months.
Not to rain on that sunny parade, but it has been shown that typical American kids regress in math and reading skills over the summer, when they lose memories of newly acquired material. This sets their skills back an average of two to three months each year. That translates to greater than 25 percent of academic achievement lost during the summer every year.
However, there are several fun ways to engage kids academically throughout the summer. The local public libraries have reading programs, including scheduled events and activities, as well as prizes for kids who log their summer reading.
Free online sites such as IXL or the Math Fact Cafe have fun math games and worksheets for kids, and the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District offers grade-targeted "Summer Bridge Activities" books to sharpen skills (order forms come home in the kids' school folders).
We attempt to continue learning through summer field trips to the St. Louis Science Center, the Magic House, or the Powder Valley Nature Center, to name just a few options.
What type of schoolwork do you require your child to do over the summer, or in what alternative ways do you try to keep your kids intellectually engaged during these long, hot summer months?