While many children can’t wait for school to end and summer to start, come early July they often find themselves wishing for something to do. Indeed, the season can be a time of boredom, filled with long hours of unimaginative video game playing and television watching.
This lapse in learning can have a negative impact on students’ mental capacity. One research study collected by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Summer Learning shows that children typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they did on the same tests taken at the beginning of summer vacation.
A different study claims that, on average, students lose 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills before going back to school in August or September.
Parents need to consider ways of keeping their kids intellectually stimulated over the summer. Here are a few ideas for parents who want to stop the summer backslide:
- Gear Up on Learning Materials such as books, games, flash cards, art supplies and writing materials. Commit to working, reading and playing with your child.
- Make a Summer Activities a Learning Experience.
- Practice vocabulary and measuring skills while cooking or cleaning the house.
- Engage your child in planning a summer vacation with mapping, researching cities and learning history of various areas.
- Encourage your child to read the daily newspaper with you each morning or once a week.
- Take Your Child on “Field Trips” in Your Community. Visits to the library, museum, parks and even the beach can provide a host of learning opportunities.
- Consider a Summer Enrichment Program. This will provide positive reinforcement to help build confidence and meet the needs of students who have a history of struggling in school.
In-home tutoring programs bring qualified instructors directly to your house, around your busy summer schedule. Summer tutoring will keep education at the forefront of your summer plans. With the right program and tutor, summer tutoring CAN be a fun and enjoyable experience!
For information about our Summer Tutoring Packages, contact Deborah Frati, Club Z! In-Home Tutoring at 203-529-4071, www.clubztutoring.com/Fairfield.