The weather is warming up and summer is right around the corner! Summer is an exciting time for students and families, but can also be hazardous for students’ educational growth due to lack of learning new material and reviewing the old. Summer school is a sure fire way to assure students not only retain the information they learned in the last year, but to also prepare them for the upcoming one while strengthening their foundations and giving them ample opportunities to socialize!
Reduce Summer Brain Drain
Over the summer, children on average lose about two months of math and reading skills due to lack of practice and continued learning.This loss can take a toll on student success, requiring six weeks of class time in the fall to re-teach students forgotten material. Two to three hours per week of learning (at least) is recommended to help students keep their academic skills sharp over the summer and prevent summer brain drain. Summer school is a great opportunity to make sure children are getting those two to three hours a week in and more! This will help them retain what they learned the previous year and keep them on track once classes start up again in the fall.
Get Ahead for Next Year
Besides retaining knowledge from last year, summer school can also assist students in getting ahead for their fall classes, especially for students about to enter high school. Freshman year classes like Health, Geography, and more can be taken over the summer, giving students a jump start on their GPA and also freeing up more room for electives. Elementary and 7th grade students can get a kick start on the next year’s lessons, entering a new grade with confidence.
Summer school is a great time to strengthen key foundational subjects in math, reading, and writing. It’s easy during the school year to become so focused on keeping up with new lessons, students may miss or fall behind in key foundations that they need to fully comprehend new skills and subjects. Summer school usually includes smaller class sizes and more one on one time with a teacher who can help find missing knowledge in a student’s foundation and use the slower summer pace to assist a student fill in missing knowledge to assure a strong foundation.
Summer school’s benefits go beyond academics! This is also a great chance for children to continue developing their socialization skills outside of the school year, especially if their summer would have consisted of being inside all day with Netflix and their PS4.
Find out more about Fairmont Summer Programs including day camp, summer school, and enrichment programs by visiting our Fairmont Summer Programs website. If you enroll by April 30, you can save 10% on summer school and summer camp!
Sources: Oxford Learning