Summer break is an exciting time for students of all ages. During this time, children have more opportunities to spend time with friends, bond with family, and pursue creative hobbies. But summer can also be a time when children lose what they have learned in school. This means elementary school teachers have to re-teach old material before moving on to new material at the beginning of each school year. You can help prevent summer learning loss in your students with these tips:
- Give your students a summer reading list. Reading provides a number of benefits to students of all ages. Younger students can use reading as a way to practice their spelling and word comprehension, while also developing their story-telling and listening skills. Older students can use reading to learn about new concepts and become better in other academic areas. You can encourage more trips to the library by giving your students a summer reading list. Create a list of books that will be entertaining and educational for students. You can also include books you plan to talk about once school starts again.
- Encourage parents to play counting games with children. Math is another subject that children tend to forget about over summer break. You can prevent this type of learning loss by making sure parents get involved. Send home a note explaining the importance of preventing summer learning loss, and suggest a few ways that parents can help. Encourage parents to play games with their children that involve counting and other mathematical techniques. These games can be as simple as counting items in a grocery store or more complicated, such as a card game involving math.
- Provide summer journals. Give each student a notebook that they can use to keep track of what they learn over the summer. Tell your students that they should write down anything new they learn. They can also document any museum visits or other trips that can help them academically.
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