Preventing Brain Drain: Keeping Kids Educated Over The Summer

June 13, 2013

It's almost Summer and school is out, but that doesn't mean that kids should forget everything they learned during the school year.

"Summertime presents kind of a void of learning," says Dargan Coggeshall, director for LearningRx.

Some call it the "Summer Slide" others call it the "Summer Brain Drain," but anyway you put it the results are the same. Children can lose one to three months of learning over the Summer.

"What we notice is that when they return to school in August or September for the next academic year teachers spend four to six weeks repeating the content from the previous grade," says Coggeshall.

There are ways to keep your child's brain sharp and ready for the next school year. One way is with cognitive learning programs like the ones at LearningRx in Albemarle Co.

"Cognitive training, because it is difficult, has to be fun, so most of our procedures that target things like attention, memory, or reading ability are truly more game-like," says Coggeshall. "That motivates the children to engage at a very high level."

Some students that keep their mind on track with cognitive learning, see results when they return to school.

"It teaches you how to think fast and learn new stuff," says third grade student Garret Ensor. "I think I'll be pretty good after I'm done with this through the whole summer."

"It has really helped my confidence so that I can talk to people without thinking I said something wrong," says Kate Kayton, rising ninth grader. "Hopefully it will be a lot better and my teachers will make it better for me."

Kayton's mother believes her training at LearningRx has helped so far.

"She used to be shy and not want to participate in discussions, but now she is just more confident in her presence" explains Kahtra Kayton.

Lori-Ann Strait keeps her children educated over the Summer through book clubs at the library as well as events that take place around the Charlottesville area.

"There's a lot of adventurous things that we do with us living here in Charlottesville," says Strait. "More on the academic side, they do book reports every two weeks which helps with their penmanship and writing."

Getting your child to read everyday is a great way to slow the "Summer Slide" and to keep them sharp and ready to tackle the next school year.

"I think it gives me a little bit of an advantage so that I'm not like one of the kids that didn't do anything all summer," says Tiara Strait, rising sixth grader.

For more information on LearningRx and ways you can keep your child, click on the link below.

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