Parents, educators, and administrators around the country look forward to summer break as much as students do, but one thing that every adult has in mind once school ends is the dreaded “summer slide.” This term refers to the decline in academic skills that students can experience during the summer when they’re not in a traditional classroom setting. At LearningRx, we’re committed to helping students of all ages unlock greater cognitive potential through our brain training programs, and in this post, we’ll look at a few ways to beat the summer slide.
What Skills Are Lost?
Students study all types of things during the school year, and they’re learning new things on a daily basis. When it comes to the summer slide, there are a few things that researchers have seen when studying this phenomenon. A 2017 study from the Brookings Institute concluded that, on average, achievement scores decreased over the summer vacation “by one month’s worth of school-year learning.” The authors of the study also saw that math skills dropped lower than reading skills, and that the declines in skills were larger the higher the grade level.
Since students study so many things during the school year, there is the chance for all types of skills to diminish or be lost during the summer break. Reading, math, language, and other skills can see a sharp decline during the three-month hiatus from the classroom. Our programs are designed to help bolster those skills and to promote improvement in areas in which a student may be struggling.
How to Combat the Summer Slide
There are different ways to combat the summer slide, and there are a few that students are likely to be more excited about than others. For example, your child can:
- Read a new book each week
- Visit a library or museum once a month
- Explore the internet for fun activities (with parental supervision, of course)
- Come up with their own assignments
- Build something with their hands
All of these activities engage the brain in different ways, but the point is to keep the brain active as your child tries and experiences new things. While they may not want to create their own math homework, they may discover an online math game that tests and improves their skills while they have fun. A hands-on hobby will test their processing, attention, and memory skills, since they’ll have to read the instructions, remember them, and put them into action.
Year-Round Brain Training
One of the benefits of our brain training programs is that they don’t stop once the school year ends. Since our education franchises are independently owned and operated, they can offer year-round training to any interested student. Once a week, a student can sit down, one-on-one, with their brain trainer, and improve their cognitive skills. While it may feel a bit like school, our learning centers are designed to offer a different experience than the traditional classroom.
If you have a child that is being affected by the summer slide, or you’d like to learn more about our franchise opportunities, then please contact us today. To get started with brain training, your child can take a free brain quiz, or you can schedule an assessment with your local LearningRx location. For franchise info, you can fill out the form below and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible.
Summer is a great time for fun and relaxation, but it’s important that students of all ages come back to the classroom in the fall ready to learn. We’re committed to helping students become better learners, and we’d love to show you how you can become a part of that mission.