he summer holidays are here! You have planned your vacation, planned your kids’ activities so that they get a mix of fun and learning, so that they don’t go back to school with their brain shrinked to the size of a peanut. But what if you didn’t? Then it is a good idea to start thinking about summer learning now, because as research shows, ‘summer learning loss’ is a real problem, that if accumulated over school years can have long lasting consequences.
Different research gives us slightly varying numbers, but all agree that children loose from one to even two months of what they have learned per summer. Here is a very good summary of how a lack of intellectual activity during the summer impacts your children: