By Jyoti Kelkar
Summer is a great opportunity for children to take a break from long school days and have fun with friends. Learning, however, doesn’t have to stop. According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, many students lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in math over the summer because the learning isn’t embedded into their environment. The loss of reading ability can also occur if students aren’t reading books on a consistent basis.
Many kids experience what is called the “summer slide” due to a lack of deliberate practice. The brain is a muscle and operates similar to the muscles in your body. Consider how hard it is to get back into an exercise routine after a long break. When you finally do, you don’t have as much stamina. The same thing happens to kids after a long break from academics. Their skills decrease and motivation is lost.
When students return to school after taking a few months off, time needs to be spent relearning material. What seems like just two months off can easily turn into four months of progress that could have been made. School is becoming increasingly challenging each year, prompting parents to find ways to combat summer learning loss. The National Summer Learning Association recommends several strategies to mitigate the effects of summer learning loss. One of the most effective methods they found is enrolling children in daily educational programs that are individualized.
Learning centers like Kumon, the world’s largest after-school math and reading program, give students an academic advantage. Students spend about 30 minutes a day completing assignments. This keeps their minds sharp and engaged. Not only does Kumon have individualized lesson plans, but it also encourages parent involvement in the student’s study at home. The built in repetition and daily practice reinforces what is learned so very little is forgotten. Continuous study through Kumon can lead to a more productive summer and successful start to the school year. And the good news is, flexible scheduling allows plenty of time for fun and learning.
Reading books frequently is another engaging activity to prevent summer learning loss. It’s also very convenient because reading books can be done anywhere. Kumon has a Recommended Reading List, which makes it easy to encourage children to read books based on their own interests and ability level. Establishing a summer reading routine with your family can help children develop a love of books. Whether it is reading a story before bedtime or reading outside by the pool, set aside a specific time that can be devoted to daily reading. In addition to improving comprehension, concentration, and writing abilities, reading introduces your children to worlds outside their own and helps them become open to new ideas.
Learn how Kumon can set your child on a path to success. Kumon of Brookfield is offering free registration throughout June! To schedule a free placement test, call (203) 775-9333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Class hours are: Sundays from 11:00a.m to 1:00p.m and Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00p.m to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit kumon.com/BROOKFIELD-CT.
Jyoti Kelkar is a Certified Kumon Instructor in Brookfield, CT since 2006. Kumon of Brookfield is located at 640 Federal Road, Brookfield CT. If you have any questions relating to Kumon program or would like to enroll your child into the program, you can contact at 203-775-9333, or at email@example.com