The Summer Vacation – sounds fun, right? But for parents, “the summer vacation” doesn’t refer to as a Fun ride, but a fear of Children’s tendency to lose some of their academic progress over summer break. Most of the parents can relate to this.
This is a considerable challenge that teachers, parents, and school administrators face every year, both at the beginning of the summer, when they must try to create an environment to reduce or prevent some academic pressure, and at the beginning of the new session, when they must try to reverse its effects.
And this is for every age group children.
An NWEA study showed that elementary students in grades 3–5 lost about 20 percent of the knowledge they had gained in reading over the previous school year, and about 27 percent of their math skills.
Summer Fun with Learning
Let’s a have look at what can help children have fun along with not losing academic learnings…
1. Encourage access to books
Access to books and continuous reading is number one indicator of academic success. It’s also a crucial weapon in the battle against learning loss over the summer. Whenever we travel we keep some of our academic books, an activity book and some story books so that we take out some time and have a look at our books, just to not forget the learning from previous months or session.
We do use our gadgets, email and social media connections with friends to ensure we don’t miss on significant topics. Local public libraries, museums, and community centers can also be used to keep kids with books and help them read new books with familiar, related or new topics. If your school has a summer reading program, this should be blasted on all social channels. School could even highlight students who are participating in the program in their newsletter and on their social feed.
2. Varieties of summer Activities
We make sure we have the right toolbox to get over the boredom of summer. We sign up for online reading programs and math challenges too. We do communicate with other parents and discuss learning resources along with other new activities we have found, with each other.
3. Sharing is caring
Teachers usually have a ideas for games, activities, and other innovative ways of learning. Being in touch with the teachers for such ideas and sharing these ideas with our fellow parents also help children in learning without boredom.
4. Games and play is as important as learning
Playing also helps our mind to unwind and learn new things too like teamwork, healthy competition, keeping an eye on opposite team or player, trying to visualize and judge the outcome of next move, Patience to wait for turn, following rules.
5. Parents Involvement and consistency
Parents’ involvement in children’s learning is equally important so, now is a good time for us parents to spend some quality time and ideas to help minimize learning loss over the summer along with creating memories together. Tips may emerge for how Parents’ budget, time and space to keep the kids on track. Consistent efforts of “Parents and Children” together will lead to an amazing, fun and learning outcome beating the summer boredom. 🙂
learning activities/games apart from board games- We like to play Sudoku, Read aloud to each other, Do Gardening, Painting, Sketching, Cooking, Dancing, Singing, Making cards, Play our musical instruments, Watch a couple of movies in a month, Weave and Tell stories to each other, Chant together, Do Meditation and Yoga, We go to park for walks, climb on monkey bars, ride bicycle and play outdoors too, like Badminton and Football.
Share your ideas
All of us have our own way of beating boredom. Do share your tips from your childhood and ideas for overcoming boredom.