What Can Be Done?
Now that we know it does exist, the next question to ask is what you can do to remedy this huge problem. How can you as the parent be proactive?
You can start by tapping into local resources, such as summer learning programs that strengthen and reinforce learning. Some examples include summer camps, summer schools, church affiliated programs known as Vacation Bible School (VBS), library programs such as reading clubs, virtual trips and actual trips.
In those instances where money is a factor, take advantage of no-cost community resources. For example, children can borrow books, access the computer and participate in organized teaching and learning activities at most local libraries. Many museums and parks collaborate with schools and offer low or free admission on specified dates in order to encourage learning.
Finally, create educational moments during your personal routine. For example, food shopping covers a range of skills such as organization, memory, counting change, counting back, patterns, reading and making lists. You can even watch a movie and ask your child to recall facts, which involves skills such as being able to recall information, organization of information and the ability to make connections.
You can enjoy your summer and continue the process of teaching and learning.
I will leave you with a quote that my former principal used daily; I am just going to change it to make it relevant for this conversation. “Make it a great summer or not, the choice is up to you!"