How to Avoid Summer ‘Brain Drain’
Research suggests that kids tend to lose math and reading skills over the summer. Here are some fun ways to keep them curious and engaged.
Resurrect the lost art of letter writing.
Annabelle Dunn, Lower School Academic Dean and a K-1 reading and learning specialist at The Potomac School in McLean, offers this cool concept: Have younger kids choose a relative as a summer pen pal; then plan an in-person visit (or FaceTime) to follow up with a list of questions sparked by that correspondence. What do they remember about the Vietnam War? Where were they on Sept. 11, 2001? What was it like growing up in the 1950s? Record those “interviews,” pair them with photos and video, and spend the rest of the summer making a movie to show at Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah.