kids lose 60% over summer - FamilyEducation
kids lose 60% over summer
05/12/2008 at 18:56 PM

My daughter's teacher said that children loose 60% of what they learned during the school year over summer break.  Any comments/suggestions

I believe that kids can forget some of what they learned in school over the summer, but 60%? Wow! I guess the best thing to do is review certain concepts w/ your children (w/out burning them out), so they won't fall behind. Some schools have summer reading lists in which they test the kids on what they read once they go back in Sept. This forces the kids to keep they're minds flowing. I don't know if I necessarily agree w/ this b/c kids shld be able to be kids, and enjoy their time off. I wld suggest educational trips to museums, nature walks, and lots of hands-on activities. These things will keep the kids stimulated, while at the same time away from the TV, and still having fun. Hope this helps!

Thanks - It's been suggested that I actually prep a weekly calendar, reading-daily, journal-daily and a math worksheet or activity 2-3x' a week. I want them to have fun this summer but am concerned about what they loose in academics.

Can you remember when you were at school? Do you seriously think you lost that much knowledge over the vacation? What happens when we leave school? Let your children enjoy their break. That is what it is for.

As an educator, I can attest to that memory loss :) Definitely let your daughter have time to be a kid, but also give her work to refresh her memory and even get a little ahead. I would go to your local teacher supply store and pick up a math workbook. If your daughter did well last year, get one for the next grade. If it's a subject she struggled with, get the grade level she just completed so she can strengthen her comprehension of skills she will be expected to know in the next grade. Second, I'd start (if you don't already) going to the library at least once a week and having her pick out some books at her grade level to read. The more reading the better. It doesn't have to be a textbook...but something at or above her grade level. Hope that helps.

Thank you for your input-especially the workbooks. I get one every summer for my kids, but I always get the next level. My youngest is struggling in math and will be in basic skills extra next year. I will certainly be sure that we concentrate on strengthening what she's learned already, including calculating the change from her next ice cream cone!