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Summer Brain Drain

June has passed us by and we are starting to see school supplies hit the store shelves, which means summer is ending. What? Ok, so it still is summer, however, school is creeping closer...have your kids studied recently? 

Please help me study?

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-Brain Drain was originally defined as the emigration of scientists that are very highly skilled, who move to another city or country for better pay and opportunities. 

-Now a days, brain drain is often referred to as a loss of skills or information due to a lack in practice or lengthy break.   

Your child may be suffering from 

Brain drain 

if they have not practiced 

math, 

reading, 

writing, 

or any other school topics 

yet...

 

According to Ron Fairchild, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Summer Learning in an article by Ruth A. Peters, Ph.D. “Help Your Kids Stop the Summer Brain Drain.”

  • All students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
  • On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during the summer months.

(Most teachers know about the summer “brain drain” learning loss, when September hits and much time is wasted on relearning what was lost over the summer.) 

 

When school does get rolling again, it is very important that students are refreshed and ready to go. Teachers spend the majority of the first month teaching classroom rules and routines to help the remainder of the school year run smoothly. 

Each year students are meeting new friends, learning, new concepts, and organizing for new expectations...

...why make them relearn last year's topics on top of all the new information? 

 

Parent involvement at home is a key to a child’s success in school.  

With a little extra practice, time, and effort your child can enter school this year with BRAIN POWER and not brain drain. He/She will start the year with more confidence and enthusiasm, if the learning process has taken place throughout the summer.  Refer to our previous blog about summer activities, the BackPack Learning website for educational products, or even 'like' us on  Facebook for great learning tips and empower your child this summer!

 

Happy Learning,

Tiffany

 

 

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