The average loss of knowledge for a student is 18 percent during the summer break and maybe as much as 30 percent for English language learners. We established that last week as we shared ways you can help keep learning alive for your child.
With the help of Beth Thompson, executive director of elementary programs for Collier County Public Schools, we told you about the multitude of online reading resources found on the “Parents” pages at www.collierschools.com, and she suggested having them practice their letter sounds and sight words and stressed that you read to your son or daughter daily, especially the young ones.
“And make sure they read to you,” she said. “They should have books they want to read in their little hands.”
But the same “books that interest them” advice applies for the older kids, too. Good idea to work on math over the summer as well.
“The younger kids can end up forgetting math facts, but you’ll want to find creative and interesting ways to work on them,” Thompson said. “Rather than flash cards, use a regular deck of cards to play games. You can do addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.”
There’s a bunch of math resources online in the “Parents” area at www.collierschools.com. Thompson’s personal words of wisdom: “I try to make every day a learning experience, even at the grocery store. There are all kinds of opportunities there to learn math: adding up, counting, and looking at ratios. And there are lots of reading opportunities – reading labels, greeting cards, and signs.”
Same holds true for cooking, or traveling in the car; math and reading can really come into play. Thompson stresses that “as parents and grandparents, we are limited only by our imagination when it comes to keeping learning alive for our kids.” Let your imagination go where it may!
As you know, the class size reduction amendment goes into full effect in August. Because of that, it’s really important for us to have early enrollment numbers so we can arrange to properly staff our classrooms, but we need your help. The district’s Student Services Department will have folks available from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Tuesday this summer to enroll (if you’re new to the district), transfer, or withdraw elementary or middle school students. This will be taking place at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center (behind Barron Collier High School). Please call Monica at (239) 377-0505 to make an appointment. For high school students, go to your son or daughter’s high school on Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., but call first for an appointment.
Our weekly Class Notes column will resume in early August. For now, I hope you have a wonderful summer!