Summer Learning: Engaging your kids’ minds during summer break

June 09, 2014

Many students can’t wait to close their books and get out of the classroom when summer break arrives. It’s a time for them to explore the outdoors and build friendships while on their bikes, at the pool and on the athletic field."

Many students can’t wait to close their books and get out of the classroom when summer break arrives. It’s a time for them to explore the outdoors and build friendships while on their bikes, at the pool and on the athletic field. In addition to exercising their bodies, it’s important for kids to keep their minds active during the summer months.

A lack of summer learning opportunities puts children at risk of losing academic skills and knowledge. Summer learning loss particularly affects children from low-income households, who lose an average of 2.5 months of reading skills during the summer. Children who fall behind their peers early in life find it difficult to catch up, as studies show graduation rates are four times higher among students who read proficiently by the third grade than for those who don’t.

In addition to exercising their bodies, it’s important for kids to keep their minds active during the summer months. A lack of summer learning opportunities puts children at risk of losing academic skills and knowledge. Summer learning loss particularly affects children from low-income households, who lose an average of 2.5 months of reading skills during the summer. Children who fall behind their peers early in life find it difficult to catch up, as studies show graduation rates are four times higher among students who read proficiently by the third grade than for those who don’t.

SUMMER LEARNING DAY IS JUNE 20!

The National Summer Learning Association shares these tips to help kids learn all summer long:

The YMCA of Metro Chicago supports the healthy development of children, families and community. Visit your Y center for educational and interactive activities and programs for children in the summer.