How I Plan to Slow Learning Loss This Summer
We are all ready for our two months of summer vacation. However, there is a real threat against what the kids have learned in school this year. It’s called Summer Learning Loss. While I’m not planning an intense round of summer school for the kids, since kids need to be kids during part of the year. I do plan to at least attempt to slow the inevitable loss that occurs when children are out of the classroom for the summer.
What is Summer Learning Loss?
All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004). —http://www.summerlearning.org/
Educational Screen Time
I love everything about the Veggie Tales brand.
While our family is not currently attending church I really like the way these videos and this brand teaches children about morals and values. I often find my kids quoting the movies they’ve seen in the car or on the playground without prompting from me which means I know these shows are having a bigger impact on them than I thought.
Yes, I do have to do a little explaining since my children are not completely familiar with the bible, but with a few extra minutes, these videos have taught my five year old daughter a lot of good life lessons while being an entertaining age-appropriate show that I can turn on for my three year old son and not worry that the language or subject matter is over his head.
I think at this point everyone who watches television, especially those who watch channels geared towards children have seen the commercials for ABCmouse.com. [Actually a commercial just came on as I’m writing this post.]
This school year my daughter worked on two similar programs for math and reading and excelled in each. I’m hoping that not only will summer learning loss be slowed for her by trying this online program, but the practice with ABCmouse.com itself will keep her used to doing computer work because I know they are continuing the kindergarten programs through the school as first graders.
Overall I think it’s getting harder and harder to keep the kids off the computer and in front of the television, but there are options for us parents who can’t always say no. We can feel good about putting the kids in front of either piece of technology when we need a little break from the hot summer days ahead.Summer Learning Loss is real! Learn how you can help your kids stay ahead of the class!… Click To Tweet
A staple of my kindergartener’s education this year (and the bulk of my volunteer hours at her school) were workbooks and worksheets for reading, writing and math. This summer I’ve purchased two workbooks for the kids to work on in hopes that both of them will be able to practice their writing skills in addition to the screen time activities I have planned.
- First Grade Big Workbook! (Ages 6-7) The pages in this book look to be very similar to the work that my daughter was doing at the end of the school year. It’s a gigantic book that she won’t
- Preschool Scholar: Ages 3-5 My son has a year of preschool under his belt, but this will be good to see over the summer. I’m not expecting him to be writing full sentences by the end of the summer. Any repetition we can get him to practice will help his preschool teachers for next year. [Boogie turns 4 in November and will do 3 years of preschool 2 years of the 3 year old program and 1 year of the 4 year old program, instead of attending transitional kindergarten at the public school near us.]
Getting out of the house…
Not all my educational plans for the summer will happen in the confines of our house. I also plan to take the kids to Story Time at our local library. We’ve attended them before. This year we will be focusing more on Boogie’s attention to the stories instead of Bootsie’s. Being at the library will also give both kids opportunities to get books to read. I’ve also planned more reading time for them in the next two months as well.
This summer is going to be an adventure. I’m hoping that working with the kids will also keep me in shape for volunteering in the classroom. My ultimate goal is to work for the school district. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to volunteer. My daughter’s kindergarten teacher is taking me under her wing. I get to learn about teaching kindergarten as we wait for Boogie to finally attend public school.
What are your educational goals for your kids or yourself this summer?
This is part of the Summer Learning Loss Series. Please visit other posts in this series: