The summer holidays are now well underway, which means you are currently enjoying that there are currently no uniforms to wash or any school lunches to pack. The summer break is a time for fun and relaxation, but it’s also a time when children’s academic gains that they make throughout the year are lost.
When the school doors close for the summer, many children struggle to access educational opportunities. Summer Learning Loss (or Summer Brain Drain) is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer holidays. Extensive studies show that children, who are fluent readers and who love to read for fun during the summer holidays, may actually improve their literacy skills. However, children with less fluent reading skills and who never read during the long break can actually regress by two months.
In mathematics, the learning loss is even greater! On average, children lose about 2.6 months’ worth of grade level equivalency in mathematical skills during their summer break! What’s more, children only need to spend 2 – 3 hours per week using educational resources during the summer break to prevent any learning loss!
Studies have found that all children, regardless of background, made similar improvement during term time. It is during the long summer break that differences occurred: children from wealthier backgrounds had better access to the kinds of activities that keep their brains active, be that summer camps, physical activity programs, formal tutoring or simply more conversation with adults. In short, summer brain drain affects all children, but unfortunately is much more apparent with children from less-wealthy families.
Summer Learning Loss Facts:
Equivalent of one month of overall learning is lost after summer break
Six weeks are spent re-learning old material to make up for summer learning loss
Two months of reading skills are lost over the summer
2 – 3 hours a week during the summer break is need to prevent any learning loss
As early as Reception summer learning loss can be recognized
Two months of all subject focused learning is all it takes to improve specific learning skills
Two thirds of income based achievement gap is attributed to summer learning loss
It can take up to 2 months from the first day of school for a student's brain development to get back on track.
How can you prevent the learning loss?
When it comes to helping to stop the flow of learning loss, parents have a key role to play. Learning loss is much less pronounced, if there at all, in families that provide learning opportunities. As a parent, we know that you want your children to have a break from formal learning this summer but it is also important for you to understand the importance of learning and try and introduce the opportunity to keep their brains active.
Reading- Reading can help build children’s literacy skills as well as vocabulary and writing skills.
Story Writing - Writing stories is a great way to improve children's written language skills and easily gives them a fun and imaginative activity.
Days Out - Exciting days out to museums, zoos, and historical sites provide great learning opportunities for children.
Develop Math Skills
Thanks to the 10ticks Home Learning System, the power to stop Summer Learning Loss is literally at your fingertips. For just £9 you can give your child access to thousands of maths worksheets, video guides and tests, along with hundreds of games and activities. With so many maths resources, you will have the flexibility to use the System in a way that will benefit your child best.
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