Preventing the Summer Brain Drain
The summer months are within sight, the long awaited end to the school year and a time for mental relaxation. While summer break is a fun and essential time for children to take a break from school, creating lifelong friendships and developing their creative spirit, it’s what children spend their time doing that may make us ponder the benefits of summer vacation- sleeping until lunchtime, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, TV, mindless video games, etc.
While the break is defiantly nice for kids and parents alike, research shows that students can lose months of important concepts and skills over the summer- something many often refer to as “brain drain or summer slide.” So how can we, as parents, help to decrease the effects of the summer slide? Check out these 4 tips to try and decrease the effects of the summer brain drain.
1. Enact “Turn it off Tuesday, have a screens free night every week.
2. Read together. (We all know this won’t last forever, make the time to make it happen)
3. Allow your child to be board sometimes
4. Make learning fun and interactive.