Did you know that the average child loses 2 and a half months of math skills during the summer months? In addition, research show that that teachers typically spend 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
The long months of summer can offer the perfect opportunity for families to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy school year. However, it's also a good time for parents to find creative ways to keep their kids engaged and learning in order fight the summer brain drain.
Expect More Arizona encourages all parents to build a high expectations culture at home by making education a family priority. Even during the summer months, there are ways that we can keep our kids engaged and focused on learning. For example:
- Make a weekly grocery shopping list and have your child calculate how much the total bill will be and how much you can save by using coupons and store specials.
- Use mealtime to reinforce math skills - for example, you can have your child calculate the ingredients needed if you were to double a recipe or cut a recipe in half.
- Start a family book club - reading together can help build literacy skills as well as provide an opportunity to spend time together.
- Play games! Even simple card games help build critical thinking and logic skills.
For more information about how you can help kids learning and engaged over the summer, visit Expect More Arizona .
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