For children, summer is a time to relax, spend time doing fun activities and not think about school. But this relaxed mindset doesn’t come without a cost.
Studies show that when kids take a break from learning all summer long, they run the risk of losing up to three months’ worth of reading and math skills from the previous years. Teachers can spend up to six weeks re-teaching material that kids have forgotten during the summer months. This “Summer Brain Drain” can add more stress to kids’ lives when they transition back to school.
A kid’s brain is a muscle, like any other: if it isn’t used consistently, it will lose some of the ‘strength’ it built up during the school year. Beyond learning skills, the brain flexes other muscles to learn about following rules, meeting expectations, building social skills, organizing and more. Keeping kids engaged in some sort of routine and expectations during summer can make the transition back to school easier and reduce stress for both kids and parents.
Keeping kids engaged during summer months does not have to be a ‘buzzkill’ all summer long. Niki Grajewski, Clinical Manager at Centerstone, provides some easy and fun tips to keep kids’ brains active.
Keeping kids engaged throughout the summer does not have to feel like a chore. What’s most important is finding any way to create opportunities for continued learning that are enjoyable. Talking to them about the importance of structure and routine should be a year-long lesson we use to help kids learn as they grow and mature. Remember that a little goes a long way, and you don’t have to overload their brains either. Summer should be fun, stimulating and enjoyable overall!
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