Nearly every year, teachers tell parents and students that next year will be different -- next year will be harder. This is especially true when students are making the jump from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school. Yet, year after year, our gifted children discover that this is not true. When school begins, so does review. It's the time to review everything that was taught last year. For many gifted children, the entire year feels like review -- review of material and concepts that they've already mastered. However, when a child spends the entire summer taking a "break" from academics, they may start to lose ground. Even the top students can fall to the middle of the class if they fail to pick up a book or glance at a math book over the summer months. It doesn't mean that the child is any less intelligent. This doesn't mean the child has any less potential. It simply means that their brain needs some time to wake up.
Instead, let us all resolve to make summer a learning opportunity. Let's still go to the beach. Let's still go to camp. Let's still go swimming. Let's still enjoy all the bountiful opportunities that a few unstructured months have to offer. Let's still read books. Let's still review our math facts. Let us still learn.
Here are a couple of ways to keep your child from losing ground this summer that won't take over your summer fun:
I can't stress this enough. Summer break is not a time to abandon books and allow them to collect dust. Those books still want to be loved. Your child's brain still needs exercise. Strive to read at least 15 minutes per day. Read books for pleasure, not for school. Discover your favorite book. Read on the beach. Read by the pool. Summer is the time to read books that you WANT to read.
Our reading program really works. All of our students in grades 4+ are fully literate. They read at an 11th to 12th grade level. Click Here to read more about our reading program.
You can check our our reading lists for some suggestions! Plus, if you read at least 8 books this summer, you can earn a FREE book from Barnes and Nobles. For more information, click here.
What if one minute per day could keep your child from falling to the hands of the summer achievement gap? It can. Make it your child's mission to master their math facts this summer. Click Here to learn more about how multiplications minutes can lead to math mastery. You can download our math facts sheets here. You can also check out this list of games and activities that are perfect companions!