When the final bell rings at the end of the school year, most kids (and adults) are more than ready to trade in homework and other educational projects for a two and half month academic hiatus.
But studies have shown children lose about two months of math skills over the summer months, and students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do at the beginning. According to Katie Schrader, a 5th Grade teacher in Central New Jersey, “Summer can be like a long, never ending slide for some children. Kids have fun on the way down, but come September, it’s an arduous hike back to the top.”
Indeed, the statistics are scary, but it doesn’t take much to keep skills honed. Indeed, as Schrader has seen, “children who read even 4-6 books and practice math skills 10-15 minutes a day have a substantial advantage over children who languish over the summer break.” Yet the question, of course, is how do you convince your children to incorporate some learning into their otherwise carefree summer days? Well, it’s time to get creative – time to enjoy some inventive educational activities so the kids won’t even know they are practicing their skills. Here are a few ideas:
Contributed by: Jenny Tananbaum, NJ Kids Mom Squad TeamBack To Top