How to Help your Child Overcome the Academic Summer Slide

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made in the previous school year. During the summer, the more rigid routines of the school year melt into later bedtimes and play-filled days. As kids enjoy a well-earned break from school days and homework, getting out of practice with academics can put many children at a disadvantage starting the following school year. It’s about balance. We don’t want to pack children’s summer days with workbooks, but we want to keep their academic skills sharp. There are ways to prevent the summer slide while offering your children plenty of time for the joys of summer. We’ll share tips to create flexible learning opportunities that will benefit them when the school bell sounds again!

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How to Help your Child Overcome the Academic Summer Slide

7 Fun Math Practice Ideas for Summer Vacation

The last backpack has been unpacked, and homework is done for a couple more months. Summer break is finally here, and kids all across the US are looking forward to the long days of playing outside, splashing in the pool, and staying up a little later than usual. In addition, many families are preparing to take annual road trips or take to the skies for far-away adventures. We all need vacations, adults, and children; however, you may be pondering the right balance of play and practice to keep your child’s academics on point for the fall. Best in Class Education Center wants to remind parents that there are simple ways you can let your child experience all the summer fun while finding natural opportunities to embed learning. Therefore, we’ve created a list of seven fun math practice ideas sure to keep children’s faces smiling and minds sharp.

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7 Fun Math Practice Ideas for Summer Vacation

Math and Language Arts: Understanding Connections Between the Core Subjects

It’s no secret that academic success often comes down to two essential skills: mathematics and language arts (English). After all, these are the two areas of study that are most heavily tested in school, and they intersect another core subject, science. However, many people have not considered the strong relationship between mathematics and language skills.

This relationship makes sense when you think about it. After all, both mathematics and language require logical thinking and careful attention to detail. They also both involve memorization, rote learning, and the ability to see patterns and make connections. In other words, if you’re good at one, you’re more likely to be good at the other. Read more

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Summer Learning Programs: How and Why Parents Should Enroll Their Children

Summer vacation is a time for children to relax and enjoy themselves, right? Well, yes, but many experts believe that it’s essential for children to continue learning during the summer months. Education research shows that students who don’t participate in summer learning programs can lose academic progress. This loss is often referred to as the “summer slide.”

Quality summer learning programs provide kids with mind-expanding opportunities and parents with the assurance of entering the next school year ready. These programs can help keep your child engaged, working on their academic skills in a setting that isn’t school and offering plenty of fun and engagement.

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Simple but Powerful Brain Games to Increase Information Retrieval and Memory

Every day, you access memory and retrieval for a variety of tasks. Without even thinking about it, you carry on conversations, answer questions, and drive to the grocery store while contemplating what you need to buy for the week’s meals. You complete simple computations for time or money calculations daily as well. We do these tasks with a high level of automaticity (speed of processing), because we engage the same skills for the same routines daily.

But what about when the name of an acquaintance, an actor, or a movie title is on the tip of your tongue? Or what about times when your visual memory serves you, and you can visualize a store or another place but can’t retrieve the name from your memory while you’re trying to tell someone about it? Then at 3 am, you wake up, and it comes to mind. If you’ve ever experienced any of these situations, you were struggling with information retrieval. Read more

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Planning for Success: Setting up for Your Child’s Next (and Best) School Year

It’s mid-summer around the nation, and that means families are vacationing, kids are riding their bikes with friends, and the days pass with a bit more freedom than during the rest of the year. Some school districts will see students start the next school year as early as the second week of August, and others will restart after Labor Day. While you enjoy the rest of the summer with your child, it’s a good time to begin thinking about how to set up the 2021-2022 school year for success. Read more

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How Can Children Benefit from a Quality Enrichment Program?

Learn 5 ways all children can benefit from quality enrichment programs this summer.

It’s no surprise that every child’s education was affected in the 2020-2021 school year by the pandemic. According to Time, by the end of the current school year, many US students are likely to have suffered up to 9 months of learning loss in math learning alone. Now, more than a year beyond the school shutdowns, challenges persist in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

With summer break now here, taking proactive steps towards closing this year’s compounded “summer slide” gap is a priority for many parents. Learners need quality enrichment programs to ensure they enter the next year confidently on track for success. Best in Class Education Centers are continuously committed to offering education support to help students adapt and excel in their learning pursuits and also dedicated to helping parents feel confident their students have the tools to succeed. Read more

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Closing the COVID Gap - What You Can Do To Help Your Child Catch-Up This Summer Webinar

Throughout this pandemic, students and teachers alike had to develop learning strategies to continue with the educational progress. Students are now looking forward to decompressing and relaxing this summer, however, this can result in student’s learning regression.

This past Thursday, June 3rd Best in Class Learning Center hosted a great webinar in collaboration with the WATS board that discussed how to understand where your child may be struggling, as well as easy ways parents can keep children engaged in learning, while still giving them plenty of time for fun in the sun and time with friends. Read more

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