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9 resources to prevent summer learning loss

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“As the school year comes to a close in districts across the nation, many parents and educators look for resources to prevent summer learning loss in students. Sixty-four percent of parents are aware of summer learning loss, often referred to as the “summer slide,” according to research from the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report. According to a Brookings study, “Students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning” and “declines were sharper for math than for reading.” This loss of academic skills is especially worrisome for at-risk students and for students who struggled to meet learning goals during the school year.” (more)

It is important for kids to stay socially active during summer, expert says

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“For most children, summer break means more free time, but that extra time should not be spent alone. One Baylor College of Medicine expert discusses why it is important for children to remain socially active during summer. “Kids deserve a break during the summer. They’ve worked hard during the school year and this is their time to relax, but they should continue interacting with their friends and meeting new people,” said Dr. Jin Han, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor.” (more)

Don’t be afraid to take phones off teens, says Eton head

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Simon Henderson, head of the private school since 2015, says it is sometimes appropriate to take devices away. Speaking at a Girls’ Day School Trust conference in London, Mr Henderson said Eton now requires its Year 9 boys to hand in their devices at night-time. He said the boys liked the move, as it removed the pressure from them. Asked how schools could help teenagers navigate social media, Mr Henderson told the conference: “It’s a 24/7 culture, but there’s a place for taking phones and things off them.” (more)

Mu­sic play­school en­hances chil­dren’s lin­guistic skills

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“According to the research conducted at the University of Helsinki, weekly music playschool significantly improved the development of children’s vocabulary skills. Several studies have suggested that intensive musical training enhances children’s linguistic skills. Such training, however, is not available to all children.” (more)

Want to raise a financially responsible child? Here are some key tips

The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel – Diana Dombrowski

“Wendy Pitlik-Plehn, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Sheboygan South High School who has been teaching personal and family finance for more than 20 years, shared a few things parents can do to raise kids who are more financially responsible. Modeling a mindset for financial success is one of the most important things parents can do, Pitlik-Plehn said in an interview. The following is a list of ways she said parents can do that:” (more)

Ten Super Summer Science Activities

Education World – Staff Writer

“Hoping to avoid the summer slide? Science activities, projects and experiments are perfect for keeping kids’ brains engaged during the school break. Check out these cool summer science activities for students of all ages:” (more)