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The current school year is winding down quickly. Given the world events, the commencement of the 2019-2020 school year can feel as if it were a lifetime ago. Yet, here we are planning to reopen schools for the 2000-2021 school year. At Bursari, we commend the many visionary school leaders and school boards who have already proclaimed an intention to physically, not just virtually, open schools in a safe and responsible manner this Fall.
Students are switching from remote learning to engaging in gaming and social media. Some will be thinking about returning to a normal life this summer by participating in camps and a more relaxed, non-academic schedule.
Parents are thinking about what returning to school will be like for their child(ren), but not how the summer months will impact their child’s learning. Every educator knows that there is a real danger in the loss of educational ground children can experience during the summer months.
At Bursari, we invite school leaders to help parents think of it this way: children who are proficient in a sport spend regular time and effort practicing the necessary skills. Typically, young people become better at their sport the more they practice. However, if they take a hiatus of several months from practice, proficiency suffers. It is the same with scholarly work. During the school year, students’ minds are exercised daily, but this exercise ceases at the beginning of summer break unless parents make a concerted effort to offer enrichment activities.
The authors of a study from Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning indicate, “A conservative estimate of lost instructional time is approximately two months or roughly 22 percent of the school year. It is common for teachers to spend at least a month re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer. That month of re-teaching eliminates a month that could have been spent on teaching new information and skills.” This loss is greater for children from families living in poverty. It is also cumulative, and over a period of several years, a student can fall behind his same-age peers.
At Bursari we are blessed to partner with schools across the country and work with some extraordinary school leaders and teachers who are part of the Bursari family. We asked some of them: “What strategies can be offered to parents so that they can help young scholars avoid the summer slide?”
10 of the Best Summer Time Ideas
- Read every day. Read non-fiction, fiction, eBooks, poetry, newspapers and read out loud. For an independent reader, 30 minutes is usually a good amount of time to read.
- Cook with your children. This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Let your child design the menu, too. Help your child put together their favorite recipes in a cookbook.
- Plant a garden. Your child will gain responsibility and pride as they watch their plants grow and thrive.
- Take a field trip. Head out to a museum, zoo, or local park with walking trails. Keep a journal about your travels.
- Learn a new word each week. Hang it on the fridge and see who can use it the most times throughout the week.
- Enroll in a quality summer program that will provide your child with opportunities to build their critical thinking skills.
- Play quick games with flashcards like Math War or Concentration to keep math skills sharp.
- Listen to audio books during a summer road trip.
- Take pictures and make a summer scrapbook. Encourage your child to write narratives to accompany the pictures.
- Make time to read. It can’t be said enough: summertime, children and reading should go together like peas and carrots. Reading for young scholars can always open galaxies of possibilities, but, reading in those lazy days of summer invites play, the unexpected and encourages an unbridled imagination. Sometimes there is nothing better than reading together. Sharing a story with your child means sharing language, life, and perspective. Characters’ decisions, both good and bad, morph into complex conversations outside the pages. Funny moments become inside jokes, and travels to exotic lands are inexpensive adventures.
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We wish you, your staff, parents, and young scholars a summer filled with opportunities to make family memories as well as lots and lots of books. And in the meantime, if you have some best practices you utilize with your families to minimize the dreaded summer academic slide, email them to us firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to recognize you, your school, and teachers as we share them with other school leaders. We are all in this together.
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