Counselor's Corner

Keeping the Learning Going

Summer is a time when many students lose skills.  On average, it will take your child's teacher four to six weeks next year to review concepts taught this year.  It's kind of like working with a copier that's been powered off.  Even when it's powered back on, it takes a bit to warm up to be ready to work.  The impact of this is cumulative, meaning that all those summers add up.  Students who don't continue to learn over summers will not score as high as those who do, both on standardized tests and in the classroom.

This certainly doesn't mean that your child needs to be doing worksheets all summer or that the learning needs to be stressful for them or for you.  Rather summer is a perfect opportunity for kids to see that learning can be fun and that all of life can be a classroom.

Here are some links to great ideas to keep the learning going.  We hope you and your children have a safe and meaningful summer!

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/summer-learning-activities-that-are-practically-free/

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev073.shtml

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/parents-preventing-summer-slide-jennifer-peck

http://www.brandpointcontent.com/PrintSite/graduation/7-ways-to-keep-your-child-learning-this-summer,23552
  
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