Summer Brain-Drain? How to Avoid it

Finally school is over. After the stress of the final exams, grades and all that studying, it is over.

Now the question is: How to avoid or minimize your child’s brain-drain during the summer? There is no more school, no more structured days filled with academics, it is the natural relaxed, unstructured ways of the summer time.

It is known that children do lose about 30% of what they learned in school during summer time. So when it is over and they go back to school, they are behind of where they ended the previous school-year.

To avoid this brain drain or to minimize it, it is important to keep them reading and active in math. The latter being more difficult and challenging.

We need to be creative. Let’s use what is going on around us to get our children interested in math. You can take the Soccer World-Cup and have them keep track of points and goals of the teams and the groups they’re in. Have them understand how it is they pass to the next round and in what place, learning how the points system works and if tied, how the number of goals can determine if they pass in first, second or third place of their group and who they will play against on the next round according to the group’s results. They can also keep track of the players’ records and statistics, comparing players and having the FIFA cards and playing around with them with other kids to fill-up their booklets, making them also active in their social skills.
If soccer is not your thing, then take another sport, but keep them interested in numbers, math and statistics, keep their mathematical mind active. That’s the key to avoid or limit the typical mathematical brain drain of the summer time.

About reading, just keep them reading, being a magazine, news, a book or have them read about something they want to do.  Vacation plans, a visit to a museum, a camp, beach activities or the woods. Encourage them to write about their days, the activities they liked, the visits they are looking forward to do. The key point again is to keep them actively reading and writing.

Some schools hand-out reading and math assignments for the summer. I know it is a great idea, and if your child has these assignments, allow your child to be free from school the first one or two weeks of the summer vacation, then encourage them to work on it twice a week. Don’t let it wait until the week before school starts, when the brain drain has already happened and it will be much more difficult for your child to do it.

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