5 Helpful Tips to Beat the Summer Slide
Have you heard about the phrase “summer slide”? It has to do with your children losing their gains they got from school after a long break. This phenomenon usually occurs when children engage in leisure activities over an extended period of time which does not make use of the things they have learned from school (‘use it or lose it’ principle).
Their learnings could slowly fade from memory while spending a lot of their time on television, internet games or social media. By the time they get back to school for more advanced stuff, it’s like going back to square one. It’s always much easier to avoid summer slide than have your children recoup the things that they’ve lost. Here’s five tips that you can do to keep your child from sliding back.
1. Set yourself as an example. Kids like imitating grown-ups. If they see you enjoying a book or solving some mind games, they’d most likely join you. They might even find it enjoyable as well, all the while learning some useful stuff and using the skills they’ve learned from school. Learning habits at this age are usually ‘caught’ than ‘taught.’
2. Take control of the media. Responsible parents always check what their kids are viewing. Some parents would go as far as imposing parental controls for their cable subscription or internet service. TV networks and children’s website are getting better at creating programs and shows that teach young kids about science, history, and language enjoyably and fun so you don’t have to worry about them getting bored at home.
3. Educational trips and camps. Summer is a great time for outdoor activities and bonding with the kids. It’s also a great opportunity for learning and revisiting some of the things they’ve learned from school. Some theme parks can be source of learning in geography, biodiversity, and history. Aquamarine parks, for example, is a great place for learning more about marine life and ecosystem while some tourist spots reinforces their learning about land forms and bodies of water.
4. Enroll them in summer clinics. You’d usually find a lot of these during summer – art classes, training camps, swimming lessons, etc. There’s plenty to come by to fill up the learning hiatus. Choose the one that fits your child’s own inclinations and needs and make sure they’re fun so they’ll never have a dull moment.
5. Get them to use what they’ve learned. Allow your children to do some tasks that require cognitive and psychomotor skills. Household chores like watering a certain number of potted plants in the morning or going to the grocery store with you to pay the cashier and count the change can help boost the child’s confidence and enhance his mathematical ability. It also makes learning a lot more relevant and useful, thus encouraging him to learn more when he gets back at school.