THE RESEARCH IS IN!! Children loss at least two months of learning during the summer months. I guess this is why we all dread September. Think about it. We spend time catching up each school year for the two months of learning we loss during the summer.
Many parents want summer to be a break from learning as many of us struggle with homework during the school year. We dare not think about trying algebra in July. But wait parents, we know that children do better in the next grade when they have summer learning in place.
This is why our schools have started even in elementary school with summer reading. The idea is to keep reading skills sharp at least because children need reading in every area of school these days, including math.
Where to Start?
Most schools are sending home summer packets or have summer reading assignments for children. The great thing about this is that you can always say “the school said to do it”. I recommend to parents to take 10 minutes a day or 1 hour a week to improve learning.
Children should be reviewing the main topics they learned the year before and I like to start learning the new topics for the new year. The Common Core website has great information about the requirements for each grade level. www.Corestandards.org
I like to review first as my children respond well to things they know and then I start introducing new topics about midsummer, as we get closer to the new school year.
I had the great privilege of interviewing F. Stewart Kallinger the author of A Lesson for Ms. Fort. This book looks at our education system from the perspective of a teacher and the challenges we face in educating our youth.
- Stewart Kallinger has spent 31 years teaching in NYC public schools and 6 additional years teaching remedial reading and writing to students attending the community colleges of the City University of New York. Earning a BA and MS in Education and English from Long Island University, Kallinger is passionate about bringing to light the literacy crisis, not only in New York City, but across the rest of the country as well. Today, he is retired from teaching and spends his time as a freelance writer in New York.
Dr. Stewart Kallinger’s Interview Below:
Great Summer Resources
You can find great workbooks in stores like Walmart, Target, Five, Bellow, the Dollar Tree and Barnes & Nobles to get your children started. I like to use a variety of subjects and workbooks for my children’s summer learning. These workbooks can easily cost $1 to $13 depending on the depth and complexity.
The library is a great free resource. Many libraries have a Child Librarian who can help you pick out great summer resources. They have math and science books, language videos, social studies references, all great resources to help with summer learning. I take a trip to the library weekly and have my children pick books about a new country or state each week to learn about.
There are many great online resources as well. Students can benefit from educational learning tools online. I warn parents to balance their approach to learning as children still need to practice writing skills and using an actual pen and paper.
Below are some websites I find very useful during the summer:
Make Learning Fun
I am a big fan of making learning fun for children. Each summer I purchase two memberships, one for a family amusement park and one for a museum. We can spend a year having fun as a family and learning as a family.
Field trips are great for this reason even during the school year. Take your child to the local park and learn about science and nature. Take them to the local bakery to learn about math and measurement. Take them to the local museum to learn about history and current events.
We can as parents be our children’s best teacher. I am convinced if parents could make learning fun then our children would learn to love learning too!
Make the Most of Summer
Parents, summer can be a time to relax and have fun as well. We can practice multiplication facts while playing a game of Yahtzee on the beach. See it can be that simple and yet that learning time is valuable as we head into school in the fall.
Take notice of the areas your child has a difficult time with during the school year and focus on them during the summer months. My goal is to help make the school year easier for my children by keeping the summer lag to a minimum.
Well if you have stumbled across my blog, know that I am a parent right in the midst of it, just like you. I hope to share my thoughts, guest experts who will help us all (me too!), and my prayer for each parent is to parent with power and peace.
My favorite verse, serves as a guide for me as I parent my children:
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I encourage you today to have parenting that is effective and prevailing, creates friendship and unity as you provide guidance, love and care for your children.
Until Next Session,
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