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07/07/2016

How To Keep Your Child’s Brain Active During their Vacations

Now that school is out for the summer, it’s time for our kids to have a well-deserved rest. However, research indicates that during the long summer break, a large percentage of students can experience a significant regression in their learning. This is known as ‘summer learning loss.' Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to make sure that your child stays ahead of the game. In this article, The Tutoring Center of Frisco would like to share our guide to keeping your child’s brain active during the vacations, and avoid summer learning loss.

Keep To A Routine

All human beings respond well to routine. It helps us to optimize our sleep schedule and digestion as well as many other bodily functions. Of course, your child will not want to continue waking up at the same time every day as they do during term time, especially if they start classes very early. But, it is important to maintain regular sleep and wake times each day. If your child usually wakes at 6:00 am during term time, try setting a wake time of 8:00 am during the holidays. Make sure that your child is getting three healthy meals per day at regular times. By optimizing sleep and nutrition, your child will be more alert and able to retain knowledge and information during the holiday period.

Practice Math Through Everyday Activities

Studies into summer learning loss have found that math is one of the subjects in which the biggest regression in learning is observed, with students at risk of losing up to two months worth of knowledge over the summer vacation period. Fortunately, it is easy to include math in daily life and keep your child’s ‘math brain’ activated. For an enjoyable way to spend time at home together, you can try baking with your children. This gives them practice with fractions, conversions between metric and imperial, and basic addition and subtraction. Even better, you end up with a delicious treat that can be enjoyed by all the family. Another great way of getting some extra math practice is by including your kids in family budgeting activities. Next time you go to the store, try making a list of groceries with your children and asking them to work out how much money you need to take. This is great practice for mental arithmetic, as well as being a useful life skill. To provide learning in a structured format, summer tutoring classes are a great way to ensure your child's brain continues to learn during their vacations. Speak with The Tutoring Center of Frisco at 469 980 7940 about how one-to-one tutoring classes can help you child enter the next school year with an educational advantage.

Organize Educational Activities

Instead of spending the entire vacation in front of the television or computer screen, try organizing exciting and educational activities with your family. Have a look what services are available in your local area – many towns have art galleries, science museums, or historical sites where your children can enjoy a day out while satisfying their thirst for learning. Many of these places offer one day per week when they do not charge an entrance fee. Try looking on your town’s local tourism website for more information.

Prioritize Reading

Reading has been shown to improve memory function and even reduce the risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. The key to sparking a passion for reading in your child is to treat reading as a treat, rather than a chore. Depending on your child’s age and reading level, you can try reading together, taking it in turns to read to each other, or simply enjoying quiet reading time together as a family. You can also try using text as a starting point for creative writing practice. For example, use travel magazines as a guide for a writing a blog about your vacations.

Keep Your Child's Brain Learning with Tutoring Classes near Denton County

The tips should help keep your child’s brain active and avoid summer learning loss. However, the best way to ensure that your child stays ahead of the game and heads into the new school year with the best level of knowledge possible is by continuing to study during the vacations with formal tutoring classes. To learn about how your child can benefit from tutoring classes, speak with The Tutoring Center of Frisco at 469 980 7940 about our Geniuses in Training programs. Through one-to-one instruction, children are given the attention they need to fully understand each lesson and succeed throughout their schooling path.

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