Summer is almost upon us once again, and parents are beginning to plan for their children’s days without a school schedule. Dreams of long afternoons filled with family, friends, freedom and laughter fill students’ heads as they prepare to say good-bye to another school year and hello to summertime friends and social bonding. An academic plan for the summer might not even be a thought. However, a non-academic summer can cause students at every grade level to digress two to three months in their scholastic skills.
Close Learning Gaps
A half an hour to an hour daily of learning can help students close learning gaps and perform at higher levels once the new school year rolls around. Children who work on learning for a half an hour to an hour a day can gain several months of scholastic improvement instead of regressing in their academic skills. Summertime is an ideal time for students of all ages to strengthen their academic skills and still have plenty of time for sports, clubs and other activities. Set up a schedule for summer learning to ensure time is made for academic improvement.
School-age students may find themselves reading below their current grade level expectations. Reading below grade level standards often causes students to have gaps in their scholastic skills. Students who are reading below their current grade level can improve their ability to decode and blend words by implementing educational strategies designed to improve reading.
Summer and Learning
Parents of school-age students can help their children gain reading skills during the summer by working on helping their child learn or review phonetic rules. Students of all grades can be taught the vowel phonetic rules and sounds. School-age children can learn how to decode words at a higher level by learning the phonetic basis of the English language.
An example of this educational solution is students or their parent can make a flash card with a phonetic sound such as -ight which is read as ite. On the front of the card students or their parent can write the phonetic spelling of ight and under it write the sound ite in a different color. The student can read the phonetic rule ight and the sound it makes to improve their reading skills.
Next, the student can locate using a dictionary or online source a list of words, which are spelled with ight to write on the opposite side of the flash card. The student or parent should highlight the phonetic spelling of the word to make it stand out to the child or teenager. Then the student can practice reading their list of ight words.
Every week, children and teenagers can learn and review three to five phonetic rules. Students and parents should keep a list of the types of words they are demonstrating difficulty reading. Focusing on the phonetic rules that are the most difficult for the student will help the child improve their personal reading problems. A list of common English phonetic rules can be found online or in a dictionary. Children can grow several months in their reading skills during the summer using this phonetic technique.
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