Their sources, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, reports that "brain drain during the first five years of school can hurt kids later on, in high school and college." This is especially evident in the areas of math and literacy (especially for low-income students), but I have to wonder if anyone has actually studied the loss of learning in other academic areas.
They suggest the following options to help support student learning over the summer:
- Camps and library programs
- Read, read, read
- Baking and lemonade stands (for math skills)
- Spend time outside (ostensibly with your book)