Summer is upon us! The coming days will be filled with
family vacations, play dates and freedom without a school schedule to follow,
but did you know that a non-academic summer can cause a student to regress up
to three months in their academic skills?
Year after year, teachers spend a significant amount of time
at the beginning of each year covering old material, which was lost over the
long summer break.
A survey from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) shows that 66 percent of
teachers spend more than four weeks of a new school year re-teaching material
from the previous year.
However, there are ways to close the learning gap. Educational
activities can help strengthen academics skills while leaving plenty of time
for summer fun.
“One of the most important things that families can do to
support their children over the summer is to encourage them to read and/or read
to them,” said IPS Curriculum Officer Tammy Bowman.
Setting aside time each day to read can preserve and
strengthen your child’s language and reading abilities —15 to 30 minutes per
day is all it takes. The key is choosing reading material that fits your student’s
abilities, but is also challenging.
“Find out what your child is passionate about and find
books, magazines or online resources on those topics. Then, have a discussion
with your child about their reading. Ask them questions about what they have
learned or what they found to be interesting,” said Bowman.
Other ways to combat summer learning loss is to enroll your
student into a summer learning camp. Different from your traditional sports
camp, an educational camp such as the FirstMaker Space program allows students to improve
academic skills while having a blast.
This summer, FirstMaker Space will offer two camps for
students in Grades 3–9. The camp is open to everyone, but IPS students can attend at a
discounted rate of $50 per student.
Other learning opportunities and summer camps can be found in the 2016
IPS Summer Guide.
your student stay on track this summer by offering learning opportunities each
day. For more information about summer learning loss, visit the National Summer
Learning Association website.