How to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

July 2, 2015

Learning is by definition ‘the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught’. Some key words often used to define learning are:

The long summer vacation is a perfect time to enhance children’s learning and continue the love of learning that has been fostered in the school throughout the year. It is important that children continue their learning experiences with their families even when school ‘is out’ for the summer to avoid what’s known as summer learning loss, and ensure continual development of all the key elements that enhance a child’s journey towards success both academically, socially and emotionally. This relates to skills linked to literacy, maths, communication, creativity, enquiry, social, emotional and critical thinking.

We want children to grow up with enquiring minds and to have a curiosity about the world around them with a keenness to want to ask questions such as; why?, how?, what if?

How to sustain Summer Learning

Fundamental to our philosophy at Hartland International School is encouraging and igniting a thirst for knowledge in our children. Learning is a process where knowledge is transformed and understood in a meaningful way that then empowers the individual and creates the capacity to develop new ideas. Our school values embody the tools and concepts that children need for effective learning and development, equipping them with skills for life.

It is vitally important that a child’s learning journey continues in such a way as to maintain their curiosity and desire to understand the world around them. Therefore, the summer holiday is an ideal opportunity for families to come together and contribute to the child’s continued development. So with the help of families, children should continue to develop skills and enhance their knowledge to prevent what is often known as ‘the summer slide’ – or summer learning loss, which refers to the fact that children may lose the equivalent of one or two months of the reading and maths skills they have learnt in school.

There are so many ways in which we can encourage and support the young of today as they open their minds to learning and a thirst for knowledge and in the words of Benjamin Franklin “ tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn’.

Following is the second part of Summer Learning from this Blog post.