Summer is here and teachers at college prep boarding schools everywhere are crossing their fingers that their students won’t forget everything that they learned this year. At Wasatch Academy, we pride ourselves in our project-based learning. We push students to explore curiosity and experiment in order to come up with their own projects.
This type of learning through different avenues gives students the advantage to get the most out of whatever they’re doing over the summer and avoid the vacation brain drain. Through a few simple activities, you can keep your student ready for the challenges the fall will bring.
Some students experience summer learning loss so extreme that teachers at college prep boarding schools are forced to do weeks of review in the fall. This sets them back on where they should be academically.
Take a trip to the library to find new reading materials. Take a trip to the local art, history or science museums to keep your students engaged in academics. Take a trip to local national parks or monuments for the weekend so your students can remain curious about the world around them.
Learn as a Family
In our day-to-day lives, we don’t realize the ways we use reading, writing and arithmetic. Something as simple as getting the family together to cook a meal can be excellent practice with fractions as you change the size of the recipe. What’s better after dinner than a post meal game night? Challenging each other to a simple game of scrabble can keep your student’s vocabulary sharp while you have fun.
Encourage Nightly Journaling
Keeping your students sharp for their return to their college prep boarding schools does not mean they need to spend their summer in a rigorous academic program. By providing students with a journal and setting time aside every night to write, they can continue to improve their writing skill set.
The summer brain drain isn’t an inevitable thing, and by simply engaging your family, you can keep students ready for the discovery of a new school year.