Sweet, sweet summertime is upon us once again. While many parents have been preparing for pool days, barbecues, and summer vacations, it is also vital to continue your child’s educational growth over the break. When children get out of a school routine of reading and learning daily, they can easily fall behind other classmates who continue to learn over the summer. 1 in 4 children who fall behind in reading by the end of third grade stays behind for the rest of their time in school. Our goal is to not only prevent our children from falling behind but accelerate them forward—and we have some tips to help.   

Set Aside Time for Learning 

Making time for your student to read each day during the summer break is an easy way to keep young minds sharp; 15 – 30 minutes is all it takes! Keeping your child reading over the summer break is an excellent opportunity to prepare them for what the following grade may bring. Depending on the age of your young learner, you may set aside time to read with them, encouraging them along the way. Tip: allow your child to choose something that interests them to read. Who knows, you may even find them reading by choice!   

Practice Math Skills 

While math may not be your child’s idea of fun, developing math skills is a critical step in your student’s academic success. Make a habit of completing a few math problems every day, or more if your child enjoys math! Most bookstores have math workbooks for all different grades, perfect for math practice at home. Growing your child’s basic math skills at home will keep them from getting rusty, allow them to gain confidence, and prepare them for the next school year.   

Build off What They Already Know 

The key to summer learning is to build momentum on what they already know. If your goal is to improve your child’s writing skills, encourage them to write whenever the opportunity presents itself. Allow your student to write the grocery list, or if your child loves to draw, encourage them to write an explanation of their drawing as well. Including writing activities in your daily affairs is a simple way to improve your child’s literacy education.   

Encourage Creative Writing 

We all know kids have quite the imagination. Encourage your child to write their stories, dreams, or ideas down on paper! Motivating your child to practice creative writing will not only benefit their writing skills but add a fun and imaginative spin on summer learning. As a parent, you can assist your child by helping them choose a “topic,” let’s say a summer vacation, a favorite holiday, or a fiction idea they came up with themselves. If your child adds a paragraph to their story each week, you could have a complete story by the end of the summer!  

For more ways to help your child prevent summer learning loss, visit educatemidland.org/parent-resources or check out some of our other blogs! Have a great summer; we can’t wait to see the growth your child has made come August.