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7 Ways to Prevent Learning Loss During the Break

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 7:57:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

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While it is essential to let your child have fun and relax during the break, learning does not have to take the back seat. Maintaining learning is essential during this period—it is estimated that every summer, children lose two to three months of reading skills. Children can also take some time to get back in the swing of things after the shorter winter break. These losses can add up in the long run and cause a gap in academic achievement.

Below are 7 ways you can help keep your child learning—while still having fun—even during the break!

  1. Read books with your child.

    Choose books that are “just right” (not too difficult and not too easy). These have shown to make the best learning experiences.

  2. Talk about your child’s day.

    Ask your child questions about their day to help make them intellectually aware of their surroundings.

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    Choose one book to read aloud every week.

    Discuss the characters of the book and encourage kids to imagine and create mental images of the story being read. Moreover, point out letters to younger kids or sight words to older kids.

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  4. Take your child on a trip to the local public library.

    There are various resources for your child at the library including books, computer learning games, research areas, and fun learning activities. Motivate your child to explore and find things they are interested in learning more about.

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    learn, provides a one-stop location for all of these
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  6. Take advantage of learning experiences—both formal and informal that occur outside of the school.

    Events at libraries, farmer’s markets, and local parks are just a few places your child can gather valuable learning experiences. Ask your child questions to talk about these experiences and build upon their language skills.

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  7. Make each outing with your child a learning opportunity.

    Ask your child to read signboards out aloud, name colors of fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, or practice counting things around them during a walk.

  8. Allow your child to use age-appropriate technology.

    When used properly, top-rated educational apps are excellent learning tools to challenge and teach kids through a computer—or even a tablet and smartphone when you are travelling during breaks. For fun online learning activities and games, check out, which is consistently rated the #1 learning app in the Kids and Education categories.

A recent study found that children who regularly use at home score more than 50% higher on several reading and math skills than peers who have not yet used this online curriculum.

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School vacations do not have to be a time of learning loss, rather, it can be a time when your child learns important lessons outside the classroom. By taking some time to create learning opportunities in your environment, as well as finding tools for learning, you invest in your child’s vacation to ensure a smoother transition back to school this year, and for many years to come.