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.
Practice observing stuff.
At The Langley School, a private, pre-K-8 school in McLean, teachers and administrators have created an entire calendar of summer enrichment activities. Rising first-graders are encouraged to do something kind for someone in their family, and to write stories (perhaps about a playground, their favorite toy or about a bug they can hold in their hand). Other suggestions include making a pattern outside with found natural objects; counting and recording shapes they find in their houses and backyards; and recording what the weather looks like. “We’ve moved away from reading logs because they seemed too parent-driven, and we wanted kids to have a choice,” says Megan Rounsaville, a reading specialist at Langley. “Our parent population benefits from downtime, too. A majority of our families really enjoy the break from homework.”