3 Simple Remedies for Summer Brain Drain - For Your Children

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3 Simple Remedies for Summer Brain Drain (click this link to read other Learning Foundations articles)

 

It's that time of year again.  Your child struggled to barely get by this school year, and he finally gets a chance to relax and recharge his batteries.  Summer is a great time for ‘kids to be kids', but you must be careful to avoid Summer Brain Drain.

According to research by Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning, students lose an average of 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in reading and math when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.  When August comes around, teachers spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten during the summer.

Keeping your child's brain active during the summer is critical to prevent the loss of learning skills.  There are 3 simple things you can do with your children to give them the edge to be successful next school year.

 

  1. 1.    Plan day trips to your local library or bookstore.
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Believe it or not, it is easy to see which students have lost much of their learning skills over the summer by finding out how much and how often they read.  Spending time in your local library or bookstore can pay golden dividends when school starts in August.

Ask your local librarian to suggest fun and exciting books that are appropriate to your child's interests and reading level.  They will be able to explore new worlds, expand their vocabulary and stimulate their creativity without the burden of having to write a book report.

If you prefer a more relaxed environment; most bookstores have a café and reading areas where you can hang out with your children while they read.  Enjoy a sip of coffee and check your email, get work done or even read something yourself!  After all, how many unread books are just sitting there waiting for you to open them? 

 

  1. 2.    Practice writing skills by journaling
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The next best thing to reading during the summer is writing.  Encourage your children to keep a journal of their summer activities.  Journaling is an excellent way to express their feelings, and use their newly learned vocabulary.  Let them choose a journal book that is attractive to them and have them decorate it however they want to.

If you are traveling somewhere, have your children research the places you plan to go and provide options for activities that they want to enjoy.  Once on the trip, have your children keep a "Captain's Log" of the day's events and activities, along with comments about how they felt that day.  This will help them become more observant and practice their visual and auditory memory.

Giving them some responsibility and ownership of their educational activities will go a long way to improve your children's learning skills.  

 

  1. 3.    Have THEM do the cooking...and practice math while they do it
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Having your children help with cooking is a great way for them to practice math and science skills.  Students often have trouble understanding weights and measures because they are more abstract and difficult to convert.  Using common kitchen utensils, they will be able to gain a real-life understanding of the relationship between cups and quarts, ounces and pounds, and other complicated measurements.

As any chef knows, following recipe instructions properly are just as important as having all the right ingredients.  Your child will learn the importance of sequencing and following step by step instructions in a non-threatening way.  After all, the worst thing that could go wrong is having flat cupcakes!

From Brain Drain to Brain Train in 3 Months

Dr. Ruth Peters, who regularly appeared on the Today Show says, "For many students, summer means that much of what students have learned in the past nine months goes out their heads like summer heat rising from the blacktop."  The good news is that for most students, it doesn't have to be that way.

Following these simple steps and enhancing your child's learning skills, the brain can grow and become sharper.  This means that for children who work harder than the average student, years of frustration and embarrassment can be traded for success and self-confidence.

For more tips on how to help your child become a comfortable, independent learner, visit www.learningfoundations.us or email us at info@learningfoundations.us.

Diana Ames is Director of Learning Foundations - Diagnostic and Learning Center 2817 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio

Email questions or concerns about your child's learning struggles at Diana.Ames@learningfoundations.us or visit www.learningfoundations.us to learn more about brain-based learning

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San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 495 - 2626
www.learningfoundations.us
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Faith LaRosse
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Link, I love these type of posts....never have too much information on helping kids!

Jun 30, 2011 11:31 AM #1
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Good information; however I think the application would not be very easy.

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Karin Lundeen
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I love having my kids cook for me... and it's helping their brain...BONUS!

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Faith---Thanks for the comment!

Jul 01, 2011 04:16 PM #4
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Totally agreed Karin!

Jul 01, 2011 04:16 PM #5
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Thanks for the comment Richard.  I have a 3, 4, and 5 year old.  The application is easy as long as we make it fun!

Jul 01, 2011 04:17 PM #6
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What a great post! And it caught my attention. I didn't expect a reference to kids in your blog title,  from a specialist in commercial properties. That supports my belief that good information for kids and families belongs everywhere. Kids tie us all together, no matter who you are or what you do. Plus, as a parent of three wee ones, you know how priceless the wisdom found in those little heads--is. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

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Thank you for such a wonderful comment Delores.  I have 3,4,and 5 year olds.  They are my joy.  The children are our future.  We must take care of them.  Please consider the below links in your reading.  We are constantly looking for more writers to join our Expert's Blog.  We look for groups that enjoy educating the world in a positive and encouraging way.

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