Back To School…Already
Yes, it’s true, most stores are advertising for “Back To School” and even we have been guilty of creating “Back To School” posts! #sorrynotsorry
But there is still ONE month of summer left and being aware of that with having kids ourselves, we thought it would be great to make a post that has some links we vetted to some great ideas of what to do with the remaining month.
Individuals, regardless of background, age, or aptitude, exhibit deterioration of skills after prolonged periods of inactivity of the skill. Research from the mid-1950s to the present consistently confirms this idea. Depending on the task, level of initial proficiency, and duration of inactivity, human beings forget skills and knowledge over time. In terms of summer breaks from school, we call this the “Summer Learning Loss”.
Most students exhibit losses in math and literacy skills as a result of summer vacation each school year. Given the multi-step procedural process of many math skills, proficiency in math tends to decrease at a faster rate for students than literacy. There are devastating impacts of summer learning loss on student achievement to the individual child, as well to the schools as a whole since teachers need significant time at the beginning of each school year to mitigate these effects—time that could otherwise be spent on new instruction.
Summer learning loss typically has students performing, on average, approximately one month behind where they left off the previous school year. This is not all doom and gloom though because the links we are sharing cover the skills needed. Even if your child only does a couple of the projects over the remaining month of summer, they will be flexing their brain muscle.
Whether you read through the links with your children, read them yourself, or have them read them on their own – the most important thing is to “Just Do It”! I guarantee out of all the ideas listed here, you WILL find at least one or two, or even TEN that you like! We dare you to give it your best, even it mean only doing ONE activity!
- Six MathProjects that Make Summer Count
- 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for You and Your Kids
- Fun Summer Science Projects
- 50 Fun Activities for Teens
- 9 ESLSummer Activities
- 25 Range of Activities to Keep Kids’ Brain Active in Summer
- 13 Fun Learning Activities: Overall Activities for All Ages
We’d love to hear from you to tell us what activities you tried J!