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Tutoring to Combat Summer Learning Loss
7/4/2018 9:49:16 PM

The word "summer” conjures up images of sleeping late and lazy days spent at the pool or on the back porch sipping lemonade as children laugh and run around the sprinkler. While those things make summer so enjoyable, it is important for students to continue to practice the skills they learned the previous year so that their minds will be as back-to-school ready as their new school uniforms and their monogrammed backpacks. Helping students retain and reinforce skills they learned during the previous school year is crucial to combat summer learning loss, and there are many ways that parents and guardians can do just that. 

Renee Reina, Director of Sylvan Learning of Lake Charles says, "Although the school year can be very stressful, it is important that we do not let our children go all summer without practicing their reading, writing, and math skills.” She suggests that fifteen minutes of reading daily, five minutes of practicing math facts, and even a weekly letter, not a text, to a relative can make all the difference for the next school year. 

Of course, if your student struggles in a particular subject, Reina urges parents to enroll them in some sort of tutoring program or remedial class over the summer. "The new school year will include more challenging work,” says Reina. "Academic problems can escalate rapidly and make it difficult to get caught up.” 

Some of the biggest issues that Reina sees students struggle with is the new pace of schools. "If a student gets behind, there is no time for them to get caught up.” She reiterates that even students who are not behind but want to enroll in advanced classes need to do the extra work in the summer to prepare for them. 

Patrick Fontenot is the principal at Iowa High School. He says, "While waiting in line grocery shopping this weekend I became involved in a conversation with a member of our community who asked me ‘How are you enjoying your time off?’  My response was ‘I don’t take much time off, because you will not get better at what you do by not doing it.’ To retain and improve their skills, students should read something every day. The ability to read is a must in today’s workforce at varying degrees of difficulty depending on what occupation they choose.” 

Leisure Learning courses at McNeese State University offer extra learning opportunities for students, as well as wonderful tutoring programs through Sylvan Learning, the Literacy Council of Lake Charles Day Camps, and Mathnasium, among other various local day camps. If checking out one of these opportunities does not fit your schedule, remember the advice of the experts: encourage your children to read every day, work on math problems, and continue to challenge them in the subjects in which they struggle so their minds will be ready for the beginning of a new school year.
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