Ever wonder why some students seem to have a MOMENTUM about them when the school year starts?
You know, the ones who never seem phased by the fact that alarm clocks are going off early again in August, after 6-8 weeks of FREEDOM?
The same students who start the school year with stellar grades, and the teachers already know their names (for the good reasons)?
It’s pretty simple when we think about how students spend their summers.
Those who continue honing their skills and practicing what they’ve learned through the summer are more successful come fall, AND they maintain their success into college and career!
When it came to Summer Break, I was a typical high school student until the summer after my sophomore year.
That was a time of PLANNING and PREPARING, and it was the BEST DECISION AND INVESTMENT my family made in my education.
That summer, I took a Physics class at the community college in my city. I was only 15 years old, but I just knew I would get ahead if I kept on chipping away at whatever I needed to do to STAND OUT when I applied to colleges.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the beach and hanging with my friends that year, too. I was a teenager after all. But, I came to also enjoy keeping my mind sharp and continuing to learn.
Research shows that 2.6 MONTHS of math skills are lost when students don’t practice over summer, and teachers then spend 6 WEEKS re-teaching students in the fall to get them where they should be.
Further, by the end of Grade 6, students who experience summer learning loss are an average of TWO YEARS behind their peers.
Sometimes it can be useful to think of education as an investment in the stock market.
Depending on how risky you want to be (by taking time off, not capitalizing on opportunities throughout the school year, etc.), you can see either a lucky break (like when students get on a great learning curve at or above the level of their peers for a while), or a huge LOSS in your initial investment (remember 2008?).
Just like a financial loss, where we rely on the market going back up, our contribution to GETTING BACK WHERE WE STARTED with our kids’ education is often a much more burdensome experience.
In the case of education, we are talking about TIME, RELEARNING SKILLS, AND SOMETIMES MORE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT THAN EXPECTED.
Teenagers have a disadvantage here, though.
As parents, we LOVE when our kids are old enough to be at home with minimal supervision during the summer.
Remember all that money and effort that went into your kids’ Summer Camps, Kids Clubs, T-Ball, and YMCA pool days, and driving them to all of these things?
If we could kept them safe, and occupied them in a productive way, we knew we were doing our job with the little ones. But what about the 15-year old who could TOTALLY sit around playing Fortnite ALL. SUMMER. LONG.??
Well, don’t worry, you don’t need to renew that YMCA daily pass (unless you want to!) or even enroll them in Camp.
Let’s be honest, at some point, camp isn’t as cool as when they were younger.
The BEST THING YOU CAN DO is find a way for your student to be ENGAGED ACADEMICALLY for 2-3 hours per week. This prevents summer learning loss, and can lead to new skills and CONFIDENCE that your student will NEED in order to stand out come fall of their next year in school.
Just like any sports skills or musical talent, muscle memory is key to PRACTICE in order to keep a performance EDGE.
In the same way, ACADEMIC skills need their gym time, too!
So instead of the tuned out, vegetable-like status your student may desire in front of the TV this summer (not to mention the electricity bill YOU will get), let’s get them HONING THEIR MATH SKILLS by spending just a few hours a week with expert help!
Hello, my name is Denna Engel and regardless if you sign up or not I want to help by providing you a 20-minute consultation + teacher evaluation sheet to gain immediate feedback from your student’s teacher.
I have worked with hundreds of students over the past 12-years and am currently a high school teacher in Mesa, Arizona.
I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in just 3-years with honors with a B.S. Degree in Biological Psychology. I later went on to attend USC and got my Masters in Teaching!
I love helping students eliminate the academic stress that school inevitably brings and boosting their confidence to ensure college, scholarship, and career success!
Set up a plan and TAKE ACTION to avoid learning loss and KEEP AN ACADEMIC EDGE for your student’s future!
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