Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Beat the Summer Brain Drain

The Summer Brain Drain is a real thing. It’s the weakening in skills that occurs in children over the summer and, despite the fact that it’s widespread, it’s neither unavoidable nor unalterable. This knowledge loss is more expected to take place with mathematics skills than with any of the other subjects, particularly calculation skills. That’s your child’s ability to understand and assess math problems. Spelling is the next area of brain drain. The loss of math over spelling could because neighborhood and home surroundings give children more opportunities to exercise reading over math. 

Children who refrain from summer learning lose the about two months’ worth of math and reading skills. Being in touch with learning doesn't require solving math problems and memorizing vocabulary.

Here are a few activities to help you plan out your child’s summer:

1. Support and encourage reading habits: Make a visit to the local library or buy books for your child. Encourage bed reading even if it is past bedtime.

2. Go on educational family vacations: Pick a place and be sure to visit any historical sites that are in the area of your vacation.

3. Think about a summer camp: Most summer camps not only supply socialization for children, but also provide the chance for children to keep their brains running as they engage in problem solving.

4. Make a trip to a planetarium, science museum, or zoo: A visit to any of these institutions in addition to fun can be a great learning experience.

5. Build it or bake it: When you assist your children bake a cake or build a bird feeder, they become skilled at measuring and understanding directions. They’ll also have the happiness of accomplishing a wonderful finished product.

6. Build a tree house or a doghouse: Merge fun in the sun with creation by indulging in backyard construction. This can be a great do-it-yourself experience that will be highly educational.

7. Plant a garden: Children who indulge in gardening will be aware about dirt, seeds and seedlings, stem cutting, where food comes from and more. They will learn to care for plants and trees and develop a regard for the environment.

The summer is a great time for children to imbibe knowledge that isn't constrained within the walls of a classroom. So go ahead and make an attempt to keep your child’s brain occupied during the summer holidays by providing educational experiences.

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