School May Stop for Summer but Learning Never Should. The Summer Learning Infographic highlights important facts related to summer learning and learning loss (summer brain drain) and provides simple tips to encourage learning during summer.
The infographic presents finding from a study of over 900 teachers and parents which concluded that learning needs to be done continuously throughout the year. In fact, 90% of teachers included in the survey expressed concern over summer learning loss, while in contrast 70% of the parents surveyed were not aware of the problem. Awareness of this problem is growing. Carson-Dellosa created this infographic to create awareness and discussion about summer learning loss.
7 Simple Tips to Encourage Summer Learning
- Use your resources!
Contact your local library or museum to see what summer programs or events they have scheduled. Then, check out www.ed.gov to find lots of resources the Department of Education recommends.
There are tons of reading lists available online. Create your own incentive program at home and work through the list with your kids, rewarding them for milestones along the way!
- Employ "stealth learning"!
Find learning opportunities in everyday activities, from cooking together in the kitchen to having children practice spelling and writing with to-do or grocery lists.
- Going on a vacation?
Have your child help with online research, calculating driving time and gas mileage, or creating a vacation budget. This way math and critical thinking are applied to fun!
- Summer savings are cool!
For children with a summer allowance, help them create a budget to save up for something they want. They'll love to watch their savings grow and get math reinforcement all summer long.
- Reinvent writing!
Make writing practice fun with a pen pal. writing movie or book reviews, creating comic books, letters to soldiers, a play, documenting a family story, photo captions, etc.
- Graph everything!
Charts and graphs can be applied to all kinds of simple tasks. Have students practice math skills by taking surveys and charting their results or finding one thing to graph every day.