Soon your child will be enjoying their first grade experience. During the summer we promote a healthy balance for our students, with the main objective of this time being to rest, rejuvenate, and spend time with family and friends.
While we advocate a robust respect for time and balance, educational research indicates that the equivalent of at least one month of learning loss can take place during the summer months (Cooper et al, 2003). To protect your child’s academic growth, we encourage you to take advantage of learning opportunities that occur in everyday experiences. We recommend that you create a summer routine (a set time each day for reading or math games), so that summer learning is well paced and meaningful. By doing so, you can further ensure that your child is confident and prepared as he/she enters the next school year in August. You are your child’s greatest link to learning over the summer and listed below are some helpful suggestions for supporting his/her continued growth:
Read with your child every day. While reading a story with your child, ask him/her “who,” “what,” “why,” “when,” and “where” questions. Have your child retell the story. Use note cards to label objects in your house and frequently ask your child to name these objects. Drawing pictures and writing about fun summer experiences will continue your child’s important connection between spoken and written words.
Practice counting skills by encouraging your child to point to each item counted. Playing games like Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders prepares your child for addition, subtraction, number sense, and counting skills. Puzzles support your child’s patterning and spatial skills. Sorting items by color, size, shape, and purpose helps your child notice how objects are alike and different.