How To Keep Your Kid’s Brain From Taking A Summer Vacation

Al Mohler offers some great suggestions to help your family “avoid the summer brain drain”

The Washington Post just reported that educators are particularly concerned about what they call the “summer brain drain.”  Evidently, educators now believe that almost all students lose between two and 2 1/2 months of math computational skills over the summer.  The good news is that most of the students can recapture that learning quite quickly in the fall.  The bad news is the reminder that a brain in neutral is a brain losing ground.

The data on reading ability are particularly interesting. Children who read over the summer grow in reading knowledge and comprehension. No surprise there. The really interesting part of this research is the suggestion that a wide variety of summer experiences can provide background knowledge that turns out to be indispensable to growth in the understanding of what is read. “Life experiences other than reading can lead to advantages in reading comprehension,” advised Daniel T. Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia.

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