Getting Two Steps Ahead: Making the Most Out of Your Summer

Getting Two Steps Ahead: Making the Most Out of Your Summer

by Joshua Power, Head Instructor
The Tutoring Center– Flower Mound


by Brieanna Casey, Head Instructor
The Tutoring Center– Bartonville


It’s nearly summer, and your family has finished another school year! With hard work, they’ve made great strides all school year long, and now summer is finally here. As you are planning your kids’ busy summers, you want them to have the right amount of fun, but you don’t want to diminish the progress they’ve made during the school year.

Studies have shown that when students are away during the summer, they regress rapidly, and are more likely to fall behind in school during the following fall term. For instance, say your son has just finished the third grade, he might be operating at a 3.8 level by the end of the school. (The score is determined by grade level, and number of months; e.g. a third grader at April, the 8th month). However, as the summer months go on, he might regress to a 3.7 by the fall. In September, when he begins the fourth grade, he will need to be operating at a 4.0 level, but instead, he’ll be operating at a disadvantage. This feeling of being behind can create an overwhelming uphill battle– not a fun place to start the new year. As a result, he may quickly begin falling further. One way to combat this occurrence is to keep an active mind during the summer.

There are many cost effective ways to keep an active mind during the summer that revolve around you and your schedule, such as weekly private tutoring, summer school, day camp, and attending learning centers– all of which come highly recommended by teachers and parents alike. When making this important decision, weigh all of the options, by researching not only which programs are most effective, but also which programs fit your individual child’s needs, while also balancing finances and scheduling.

However, the problem many parents face with these academic programs, is that they cannot find a good fit, generally due to financial or scheduling constraints. When that’s the case, there are always a few less formal ways to keep your students’ minds active and engaged.
A favorite activity of mine is board or card games which require the use math or reading/writing skills, such as:

Monopoly Empire for math
Boggle for spelling
Scrabble Slam for spelling

There are many such games that are not only educational, but also fun family activities. Google for more comprehensive lists.

When there isn’t time for a sit-down activity, install a few apps on your tablet or mobile device, such as math or spelling flashcards, Words with Friends , Hanging with Friends , or any number of math, memory, or other puzzle apps and games available today. And if your student’s a little older, feel free to quiz them on other subjects, like their states and capitals, their periodic table, or historical facts and figures!

Summer learning doesn’t have to be a drag, but skipping summer retention activities can make starting the new year much more difficult. Make the most of your summer, and get a few steps ahead in the fall! Best of luck to you and your child on keeping an active
mind this summer.

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