Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#edblogaday Day 19: Summer Learning Loss

Update: This is take two for this post. For some reason or another my original blog post disappeared. I thank you for your patience and understanding. This is not exactly like my original post but close enough. Thank you!

I have two children. My oldest is a girl, 13, bookworm, writer, artist, classic ADHD just like her mom. My youngest is a boy, 7, active, meteorologist (obsessed with "wild weather"), classic him (there is no one else like him). When summertime hits we are all happy because we can be free (but not too free).

My son thrives on structure. Last summer my son participated in a YMCA Summer Program designed to help prevent summer learning loss. It was amazing. He participated in literacy activities in the morning and in the afternoon they went on fieldtrips or to the YMCA for some swimming or other activities.

There is no way he would have been able to start so strong this year if he had not participated in the program.  He made gains in reading and in social skills.  The team understood my son’s uniqueness and interacted with him accordingly. I am very happy that he has been invited to attend this summer as well.  I can’t wait to see the gains he is going to make this summer.
Dwayne Burks The director of Y-Readers Summer Program
Hugo The Hornet getting my sun "Buzzing about Reading"
Sir Purr Rewarded the students for their hard work with an Autograph
A race car driver brought his car so my son could "Race Toward Reading"

My daughter, on the other hand, is very happy to be left to her own. She reads like you wouldn't believe (we actually have to tell her to put her book down). She is a self directed learner. If she wants to learn something (and she always does) she will seek it out. Her math is beyond me at this point so I use tech tools like Khan Academy to keep her fresh during the summer, but she is in no way glued to the screen all day.

Parents should allow their kids to be kids during the summer and sneak some learning on the side. Kids are always learning anyway. They need to be given experiences, not worksheets or even computer programs. Take your children to parks and let them explore the outside. Take them to the grocery store with a budget and make them pick between cereals (don't give them extra money just because they really want it). Take them to the library and let them join the summer reading program. Sign up for Scholastic's summer reading program online. Look for free museum days. Take them to the farm. Let them build a ramp for their cars and see how high the "bump" has to be before the cars won't roll up easily. Know your child. If they need structure, give them structure.  Look for Summer Programs that fit the needs of your child or plan your day so that you have some quiet learning experiences in the morning and more active experiences in the afternoon.

Have a great time learning this summer. Feel free to comment on how you prevent summer learning loss.

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