With the end of the academic school year fast approaching, students are eagerly preparing for their summer break. Yet unfortunately, over the summer, most students stop actively learning and begin to lose what they learned in the previous school year. In fact, expert research shows that “all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer” (ThinkStretch.com, 2019). That old saying is very real – if you do not use it, you lose it. Summer learning loss occurs as students begin to turn off their brains and “about two months of reading skills and two and a half months of math skills are lost every summer” (ThinkStretch.com, 2019).
Since summer will be here before we know it, it is a good idea to start planning now on how to help your child avoid any summer learning loss. Below are some quick ideas to include in your summer plans:
- Read every morning
- Incorporate physical activity
- Play math games
- Start an educational technology project
The good news is that there are ways to avoid summer learning loss. The best way to prevent it from happening to your children, is to keep your children off the couch and to keep them active in learning. Find fun activities or a Summer Camp that will keep their minds active! At Rowntree Montessori Schools, we offer Summer Learning Camps to help students stay active, engaged and learning throughout the summer. Our award-winning Summer Learning Camps are specifically designed to allow students to continue learning throughout the summer months and to get a head start for the upcoming year, while at the same time, help children enjoy some fun and exciting activities.
Our camps are run by dedicated, caring and qualified teachers and instructors that will help students enhance their academic needs in language and/or mathematics while focusing on their individual areas of strengths. Camp is offered for children starting Pre-Kindergarten Montessori (2 yrs. 8 months) to Grade 8, and is designed to allow them to get a head start for the upcoming year with academics in the morning, while enjoying fun and exciting theme-based activities and outings in the afternoon.
In the mornings, we offer Kindergarten Montessori (JK) Readiness, Prep-ONE (SK) Readiness, Grade 1 Readiness, Grade 2-8 Math and English Enrichment and Remedial Educational Programmes. In the afternoons, we offer fun theme-based activities, water play, outdoor games, sports, workshops and field trips to splash pads, water parks, the movies, trampoline parks and more, depending on the weeks that the child is registered. For more information on Rowntree Montessori School’s Summer Learning Camps, click here. Spaces are limited, so do not hesitate to sign up.