When I think of summer I usually think of campfire s’mores, plenty of time at the beach, longer days, and family cookouts. Summer is a great time to spend with family and build memories. One of my favorite memories from past summers is a family trip we took to Hollywood studios in Orlando. I was 19 years old and as a busy college student, it was difficult to find time to spend with my family. We rode on all the roller coaster rides, ate too many ice cream cones, and played enough games to get my parents annoyed. It’s those memories that make summers nostalgic and full of warm, fuzzy feelings on the inside.
As I’ve worked in education I’ve noticed another summer trend that isn’t as fun; the summer slide also known as summer learning loss or summer setback. “Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. Some experts say that is especially true for those from low-income families, but we see it time and time again. Students leave our facility in the spring and return in the fall struggling with skills they’ve already learned. The tendency with summer is to get out of the routine of reading, writing, math, and science and replace it with lots of physical activity, and TV time. Although having school year round isn’t an option- and honestly no fun- we have to be intentional about helping our children continue their learning. Learning can be kinetic and fun. Learning can be achieved through discovery and experiments. Most importantly, learning should always be happening.
That’s why at BCA Summer Camp we have been intentional about helping families avoid that summer slide. We have a packed program that includes field trips, sports, and team building. Along with those we also have a Spanish curriculum, reading programs, math and STEM activities. We know how important it is for children to continue learning even while on “break”. If you are wondering where to enroll your child for the summer consider BCA as an option. We love meeting new families and we welcome students from k-5th grade.
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Here are some additional tips you can do at home to help your children continue their learning.
1. READS for Summer Learning is a non-profit program that focuses on helping children with reading. They will send you books based on the grade of your child. It is a simple way to integrate learning throughout the summer. For more information please visit https://reads.gse.harvard.edu/reads-summer-learning
2. Set a schedule for your child with times of fun and play and times of reading and math.
3. Have a family goal. Make a chart or a list and plan a fun activity when all the reading is done, or all the math is completed.
4. Have them watch you read. Children, by nature, are imitators. If they see you read they are more likely to pick up a book and read themselves.