It’s the best time of the year, SUMMER but some of you may be thinking about how you can prevent summer learning loss! Most of the country is seeing higher, warmer temperatures, people are taking some time off from work, and students are done with school! I know some of you choose to take a little break from schooling and enjoy some relaxation, and unplanned fun, then this is the blog post for you. Some parents prefer year-round homeschooling, and it definitely has its advantages!
Here are some tips on preventing summer learning loss.
Summer Learning Tips For Parents
Summer learning loss or the “ summer slide ” is the real deal! There are many ways to prevent summer learning loss, and I have come up with a few easy and practical tips to make sure your child doesn’t lose those essential skills you worked so hard teaching them during the school year.
Tip #1: Library Learning Programs/Summer Camps
There are many opportunities to get your children involved in different summer learning programs and summer programs during the summer months. Many libraries have weekly activities around different themes or learning experiences, and summer camps are no longer just for canoeing and capturing the flag. You can find a billion science camps, history camps, or STEM camps around your home with just a quick Google search!
Want to have the summer camp experience at home? Check out these Summer Camp printables which are packed full of hands-on science projects, opportunities to get into nature and explore as well as learning some valuable life skills. 4 WEEKS of content, planned out day by day for you!
We also have resources available for you to complete a full summer review, no prep needed!
Tip #2: Summer Reading List
This is one of the best ways to keep reading comprehension sharp. Head to the library and check out their new release section, or see if they have summer reading programs. Most libraries do!
The Relaxed Homeschool has a section dedicated to themed book lists for kids of all ages. You can also look at the bookshelf in your house and find books that have never been picked up! Reading will not only help their comprehension but picking specific books can help them retain information from subjects like science or social studies.
Tip #3: Use Online Programs
Many online programs make learning and reviewing different concepts into an interactive game! Prodigy Math Game is one example, and Adventure Academy is another! Many kids do not realize they are learning or reviewing skills while playing! These online programs can help prevent learning loss!
Tip #4: Summer Vacations
If you have a trip (or two) planned during the summer months, use them to your advantage! Look around your vacation spot for children’s museums or educational opportunities: whale watches, nature hikes, interactive science museums, and tours of historic buildings. The possibilities are endless! There always seems to be a rainy day on vacation, and finding indoor educational activities can be the perfect solution. You can even plan a vacation based around a spot full of education. Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston are the ideal spots for educational vacations!
Prevent Summer Learning Loss
Summer break does not mean your child has to lose everything they learned within the last year. Remember always to give them learning opportunities over summer vacation and find ways to bring in learning during your planned summer activities.