Whether you call it summer brain drain or learning loss–the lazy, hazy days of summer often become an academic dead zone for our kids. Even those destined for weeks of summer school may not be experiencing true learning. What can we do to ensure some kind of educational connection through months of rest and relaxation?
Reading and journaling are certainly a start but experience still may be the best teacher. Is it possible that study skills can be learned from life skills that don’t feel like learning at all? I find that the minute I say the words “life lesson”, I can be sure to encounter a tug-of-wills with my kids. So I’ll do my best to banish such teachable moment lingo and jump right into the moment instead. I’m open to suggestions and looking forward to hearing how you make sure the summer is not lost when is comes to learning.