If you invest a modest amount in summer learning, it will pay lasting dividends. The Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University has found:
– All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
– Teachers typically spend four to six weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
– On average, students lose 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.
Pre-Learning for Fall Courses
Pre-learning starts by reviewing the topics taught in prerequisite classes. Where there are gaps or less-familiar topics, the one-on-one tutoring can reinforce the foundation before looking ahead at new topics. Then, using the course syllabus and textbook, Dogwood’s tutors work with your student to preview next year’s course. Together they build a framework for understanding the ‘big picture’ concepts of the course. They explore each topic and see how it fits into the big picture. The goal is to create a mental ‘file cabinet’ where the ‘folders’ are ready to accept new information that will be taught in the classroom. In this way, your student will better understand the concepts taught in class and remember them on tests and beyond.
Pre-learning works well for on-level courses as well as advanced courses that ramp up quickly in the fall. Math, Science, English, Social Studies and Language courses in all grades. Prepare your student to start the new school year with greater confidence and the skills needed to grasp the coursework ahead of others in the class. The classroom learning process will be more productive because the new concepts and terminology will already be familiar — and your student will have a mental file folder open to accept and retain it.
Study Skills Program
Summer is an ideal time to learn skills that make an immediate and lasting impact on performance in middle school, high school and well beyond. Fundamental skills like how to stay organized and meet deadlines, take better notes in class, get more out of reading, and make studying easier, more effective, and less stressful. The program is presented during the summer in a series of one-on-one, 60- or 90-minute sessions customized to meet your student’s individual needs.
Summer Learning Tips
- Locate a summer program that fits your budget. Programs offered by schools, recreation centers, universities, and community-based organizations often have an educational or enrichment focus.
- The library is a great, free resource. Check out books that interest your child. Participate in free library summer programs and make time to read every day.
- Take free or low-cost educational trips to parks, museums, zoos and nature centers.
- If you are taking a day trip by car, choose a place with an educational theme. Camping is also is low-cost way to get outside and learn about nature.
- Practice math daily: Measure items around the house or yard. Track daily temperatures. Add and subtract at the grocery store. Learn fractions while cooking.
- Play outside. Limit TV and video games. Intense physical activity and exercise contribute to healthy development.
- Do a community service project. Teach your child how to volunteer in your community and show compassion to others.
- Keep a schedule. Continue daily routines during the summer with structure and limits. The key is providing a balance and keeping kids engaged.
- Prepare for fall. Find out what your child will be learning during the next school year by talking with teachers at that grade level. Preview concepts and materials over the summer. Source: National Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University