Summer Brain Drain: A learning loss over the summer that can result in losing up to three months of math and reading skills.
School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that your child has to take a break from learning. In fact, summer break is an ideal time for exciting, hands-on activities that are so fun your child won’t even realize he or she is learning.
Last year we took a look at how to keep your child’s mind active in our blog “Keep Your Student Learning Over Summer Vacation.” In this blog, we are going to give you even more resources for a brain-boosting summer.
Let’s start with some of our own blogs, the titles of which are pretty self-explanatory:
- Exploring History Through Museum Visits
- Finding the Right Summer Camp for Your Child
- Kid-friendly, Safe Science at Home
- Learning Math in Real Life
- Religious Learning at Home
- Serving the Community During Summer Vacation
If you are wondering which sites teachers may recommend, the National Education Association suggests many free resources organized by grade level in the article: “Resources to Help Your Students Avoid Summer 'Brain Drain'.” Below is an example of some of the recommended sites:
- America’s Story (K–12): The Library of Congress helps children discover the people, places, and things that make America what it is today.
- KidsReads and TeenReads: Delve into the worlds of children’s and young adult fiction with everything that bookworms need to know, such as reviews, authors, blogs, what’s hot now, and what’s coming soon.
- Picture Match (K–2): Match the images to the boxes marked with their beginning-letter sounds, short-vowel sounds, or long-vowel sounds.
- Professor Garfield (K–8): Create, explore, play, and read with one of the most famous cats in history.
- Smithsonian Institute for Kids (K–5): Explore, discover, and learn about art, science & nature, history & culture, and people & places.
- WebRangers (K–8): Instantly travel to and learn all about our country’s beautiful National Parks, monuments, and historic sites.
For additional tips on avoiding Summer Brain Drain, visit Brainscape’s article “How to Avoid Getting Dumber in the Summer,” which offers advice on creating the right balance of learning and play over the extended break.
What are some of the things you do to help your child keep learning over summer break? Let us know on our social media pages.