Best Ways For Students To Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Summer Learning Tips For Students - MUSE Virtual School

At MUSE Virtual we recognize the tremendous effort our students put into cultivating a virtual education environment that is both enriching and successful. Every year our students accomplish so many unique and personal goals, and it is a privilege to witness the remarkable development every student achieves.

Summer vacation offers a chance for students to rest after such hard work and take part in some much-needed recreation, but it is important to ensure that students are not letting all that hard work be forgotten. A summer learning routine can be simple, fun, and effective, while ensuring that students not only retain the skills they’ve acquired in the past year but also enter the coming year assured and confident.

What is Summer Learning Loss?

Summer Learning Loss is the decline of skills, abilities, and techniques that can occur with students in the summertime. Throughout the school year students develop numerous skills through a routine of practice and maintenance, much like how a muscle is maintained through consistent exercise. With all the activities summer has to offer, it can be easy to forget to practice these skills.

3 Ways For Students To Keep Learning During Summer Months

Luckily for students and parents, practicing them does not have to be at the expense of a rewarding and restful summer vacation. Here are some ways to promote a passion-based summer education!

1. Provide Stimulating and Engaging Reading Opportunities

This is nothing new, but it’s tried and tested! Students lose an average of two months of reading education every summer, but by encouraging a passion for reading this learning loss can be prevented. Reading just four to five books over the summer has been shown to be comparable to an entire summer school enrollment in helping students retain and advance their reading comprehension skills.

 Reading Tips:

Students tend to have much less required reading during summer vacation, so this is an opportunity to engage with the reading material that brings them the most joy. It is also a great time to explore new reading material. Book clubs with classmates or family members are great ways for students to discover new avenues of reading and feel involved in a shared reading routine.

2. Take Field Trips

Students often have interests that are only ever cultivated from afar, but field trips give students the chance to engage with their interests up close and in person. Explore opportunities for field trips such as museums, farms, aquariums, and historical sites. Immersive experiences like these help students to deepen their personal investment in their passions by broadening connections between their classroom education and their real world experiences.

 Field Trip Tips:

Attending stage shows, concerts, and even sporting events can introduce hobbies and communities that are often accessible to students of all ages. Greater accessibility allows students to invest more consistently in their interests. Use community resources such as local libraries and recreation centers to their fullest!

3. Family Involvement

Including students in two to three hours of household tasks per week is a great way to build and maintain self-efficacy, one of the MUSE Virtual School Five Pillars! Involving your student in household cooking is a simple and effective way for students to develop new proficiencies as well as apply the task management skills they’ve learned throughout the school year. Accomplishing household tasks together with your student doesn’t have to feel like chores, it can be an opportunity to collaborate with your student to apply and instill practical skills that will help make them more competent adults.

Family Involvement Tips:

Throughout the school year a student’s day is shaped by responsibilities and obligations such as attending classes, communicating with classmates and educators, and working toward goals. If students are accustomed to a structured learning routine, a lack of structure during summer vacation may make it difficult for students to commit to a learning routine. Connect with your child to set learning goals for the summer and devise a schedule they can use to accomplish those goals. Setting a learning structure they can rely on will help students commit to their success.

Summer vacation is a wonderful opportunity to rest and recuperate, both for our students and educators alike! It is a time where students can not only enjoy their favorite summer activities, but also learn how they can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to cultivate rewarding and memorable summer experiences.

Passion-based learning is one of our Five Pillars at MUSE Virtual, and we are so excited to see how our students use their passions to further enrich their education this summer! Whether you’re currently enrolled at MUSE Virtual or are considering enrolling for the first time, ask how we can collaborate with you and your student to create a rewarding summer learning experience.

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