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How to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Sarah O'Neill
Summer Learning Loss: What Is It & How Do We Fight It?

Summer is a wonderful time, especially for those of school-age. Beautiful weather and plenty of free time lead to adventure seeking, relationship building, and sun chasing (while wearing a high enough SPF, of course). There is a catch, though: summer learning loss, also known as “summer slide” or “brain drain,” is a phenomenon that affects all grade levels. During the break, students begin to lose academic ground and spend the beginning of the next school year re-learning material. Here are some facts from summerlearning.org.
  • Students lose two months of mathematical skills every summer.
  • Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade.
  • Elementary school students who attend summer learning experiences benefit in math and reading.
  • 9 in 10 teachers spend at least three weeks re-teaching lessons at the start of the school year.

So, how do parents and kids alike combat the “brain drain” without stripping away the fun of summer? By keeping kids mentally engaged with a high-quality, summer learning program like Tilton School Summer Institute (TSSI).

The ideal summer program caters to a student’s specific interest while also encouraging overall skill building. TSSI prepares students entering grades 6 through 9 for their next educational steps using a highly-personalized experience. Through six different Discovery Tracks, students are encouraged to follow their instincts and passions into discoveries beyond themselves.

For aspiring pilots, Aerospace and Flight dives into aviation using hands-on, project-based activities and the latest technologies. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics introduce the world of engineering, while Arts with a Purpose caters to the star within during an exploration of Theatre, Dance, Music, and Production. Imaginations soar in Cinematography and Film, builders create the “village of the future” in Design Build, and the future of farming is analyzed in Sustainable Planet. These daily activities are accompanied by outdoor activities, collaborative partnerships, and residential living experience for those traveling from afar. There is something for everyone!

The three-week day and overnight program is a purposeful exploration of a student's strengths, as well as areas for growth. This individualized experience during a critical time in student and adolescent development encourages campers to get out of their comfort zone. All of this engagement actively battles summer learning loss, bringing them into the new school year feeling refreshed and ready to learn new things.

Beat the summer slump and inquire about TSSI today!
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