It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the summer! While you may not want to remind your school age child of that reality, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how they are maintaining an active and engaged mind during the summer months. Studies have shown many kids losing up to 2 to 3 months of math and reading skills over the summer, due to a phenomenon known as “Summer Brain Drain.”1
When your child’s day lacks any type of engaging or interactive activities, it is easy to lose the knowledge acquired during the school year. It’s a good idea for parents to provide opportunities to grow and challenge their child’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. Without going overboard, you can make sure your children are exercising their brain over the summer giving them a great start for the next school year.
For young children, it’s important to allow them plenty of active playtime during the summer. It may appear to be counter-intuitive to let your child engage in play that is not directly educational but, at early stages of learning, play is one of the best ways to reinforce concepts. Be sure your child is staying active when during playtime. TV watching in moderation is completely normal and acceptable but take your child outside and encourage some free exploration and playtime away from electronics to activate the imagination!
As your child gets older, it becomes more important to demonstrate the connection between school knowledge and everyday life. When a child sees how information is connected to what they experience, the information goes from just information to useful, relevant knowledge! At any stage of learning, be creative with your children allowing time for exploring new hobbies, going out for dessert or coffee and talking about what they enjoy or don’t enjoy about school. The more you get to know your children, the more you’ll know how to engage them and fill some of their summer vacation with enjoyable and educational activities.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love being creative and trying innovative ways to engage the minds of our students. Our littlest learners in our infant care, and our curious and active students in our preschool program are all encouraged to explore the world around them. Contact us today to schedule a free tour and see firsthand how we provide so much more than an average daycare or childcare facility!