Carolina Pad asked me to share some tips for preventing summer learning loss. Seeing as I am a teacher, I readily accepted. On top of that, I wanted to make my suggestions cheap or free just for Thrifty Thursday.
5 Inexpensive Ways to Stop the Summer Brain Drain
1. Read. Read. Read. Every day. Believe it or not, non-fiction reading is just as important as fiction reading. Menus, directions, recipes, magazines, books from the library–there are endless options for reading everyday. Make sure you don’t forget about practicing reading aloud, as well as to yourself. Check this article out if you don’t believe me.
2. Get outside. Exercise and a healthy body are important for learning, even during the summer. Kids who exercise on a daily basis are healthier and that makes their brains work even better. Playing imaginative games is even better, because it requires creativity and problem solving!
3. Cook together. First of all, recipe are wonderful tools for reading, but I already mentioned that! Recipes require you to follow directions, which is something everyone needs practice with. Recipes also require math: measurement, temperature, fractions, and more. I teach fourth grade, and we use all three math concepts during the year. Other grades use them too. Cooking is a wonderful way to hone the skills that children have learned during the school year.
4. Play games. No, not the video game kind…although in moderation, even video games can be beneficial. Many card and board games are very educational. Most games require communication, math, and strategy. Verbal and non-verbal communication is a very important life skill that helps a child throughout life. The mathematics and strategy used will be invaluable in learning problem solving.
5. Keep a file or notebook of grade level worksheets and activities. You never know when your child will want to play school or will be willing to try some new things. As summer drags on, many children seem to be ready to get back to learning and school. Take advantage of this readiness by incorporating some written practice in your routine at least once a week. Don’t have any resources? Google is a great resource to find lots of worksheets and activities!
Disclaimer: I am only a teacher. These are things I plan to do with my own children when I have them. I don’t have children, and I don’t guarantee results. I would however love my students to do all these things during the summer.
What are you doing with your children to prevent summer learning loss?
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Disclosure: Carolina Pad is compensating me for this post with some school supplies, although all content and opinions are my own. They are also offering my U.S. readers a discount code when you shop online. The code is BTS2011. It is valid until July 31st.