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Avoiding Summer Learning Loss

by Michelle Dempsey M.S., CPRW


Here are the top 3 ways to keep the love of learning alive, and avoid learning loss, while your child enjoys a break this summer:

1. Continue a daily reading habit.

Consistency, with everything is key – but nothing is more important than keeping a daily reading habit. Many schools assign a summer reading project, which helps with this strategy. If your child has not been assigned anything, make it a point to visit your local library at the start of the summer break and have your child pick out a few books that interest them. Create a daily reading time, whether first thing in the morning or on a lazy, hot, summer afternoon, where your child spends some time alone with a book of their choice. There is nothing better for the brain than a quiet room, a good book, and some steady concentration.

2. Team up!

Physical activity is a great way to keep the mind active! In fact, regular physical activity can lead to increased concentration and improved mathematics and test scores. If your child is into sports, have them join a league over the summer that will keep them active. If athletics and team activities are not their thing, make it a habit to get outside with your child a few times per week to get their hearts pumping and their blood flowing – great brain food for the both of you!

3. Allow technology at the table.

Yes, you read that right. There are certain things that iPad or iPhone are really helping your child with, and that is their ability to use technology to figure things out. There are thousands of apps designed to help your child learn, rather than just play, and the summer months are a great time to take advantage of these! Help your child pick out a few apps that cover a range of different subjects and challenge them to beat their own scores on a weekly basis, practice new skills, and get a leg up on the competition for the upcoming school year.

Have a great summer!

A writer, entrepreneur, radio host, and powerful motivational speaker – Michelle Dempsey, owner and founder of Michelle Dempsey, Very Well-Written, has one goal in mind: empowering women from all walks of life with her incredible personal life story of overcoming adversity and using the lessons learned to achieve success. Internationally published and known for her ability to connect with readers on a deeper level, Michelle has successfully united her passion for business and writing and developed a thriving career, offering writing and editing services, business coaching, branding expertise, and content marketing to business of all kinds.

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