Four reasons to be thinking about summer learning right now
(NC)—While it may seem like spring has just sprung, summer will be here before you know it. According to the education experts at Oxford Learning, that means that it's time to start thinking about summer learning plans.
“Summer learning is a critical—and often overlooked—part of students' learning. By planning for summer learning now, parents will help their children avoid the summer learning brain drain,” says Dr. Nick Whitehead, founder and CEO of Oxford Learning.
He offers these five reasons why planning for summer learning this spring is so important:
1. Summer is going to be here soon. Spring may have just begun, but before long, students will be studying for exams and handing in their final term projects…Which means that it's not too early to think about what kids are going to be doing this summer.
2. Summer can undo what children are learning RIGHT NOW. Without maintaining learning momentum and study skills over the summer break, students easily forget everything they're working hard to learn right now, which means that next year, students need to repeat the same workbooks and materials they are learning right now.
3. Summer can have an impact on how children learn NEXT YEAR. After a summer off, it can take kids up to three months to get back into the swing of learning. That represents a huge amount of wasted learning opportunities, and it means that students are not up to their potential from as early as the first day back to class.
4. Kids WANT to learn in the summer. Research in summer learning studies shows that 56% of students want to be involved in a summer program that helps them keep up with summer schoolwork or prepare for the next grade.
5. Summer programs fill up fast. Most programs are already accepting applications and taking reservations for summer enrolment. Schools, camps, and supplemental tutoring facilities such as Oxford Learning are no exception.
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