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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wendy David-Gaines, aka POCSmom writes about the "summer slide.

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Wendy David-Gaines, aka POCSmom writes about the "summer slide". Check out her articles below.

Detective technique stops college prep summer slide-Part 1

Detective technique stops college prep summer slide

Parents and their college-bound students can take a clue from television detectives to solve the problem of the summer slide. They can also use fun activities. 
Here in Part 1, mystery fans will immediately relate to the effectiveness of the sleuth method.

T.V. detectives use a timeline to emphasize key points and put together the pieces of the puzzle. Families can create a life-long learning timeline to record achievements, experiences, contacts and goals to keep young minds active. And it can function as a tool for student self-motivation.

Motivation is often a college prep road block, especially during school breaks. The key is for kids to own their higher education process. Start with answering three questions. Notice that none of these are focused on field of study or careers. That’s because college students often change their major, don’t declare it until half-way through college or simply change their minds as they mature. Here are the questions for students to answer:

How much do I want to attend college?
When do I want to start?
When do I want to finish earning my degree?

7 fun ways to halt college prep brain drain-Part 2
Sun dial clock on the campus of the University of Kentucky 

Summer slide or school break brain drain can set back students for months. Extra time is needed to catch up on what was previously learned. That places an additional burden on students with a long college prep to do list.  
Part 1 explained a technique that stops the college prep summer slide. Here in Part 2 are seven ways to keep the fun in summer while stopping the learning loss. And parents can help.

According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), “Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months." While parents worry about the productivity of their children over the summer, teachers can spend up to six weeks on review in the fall. Mixing the business of keeping student skills fresh with the pleasure of great activities can keep the learning ball rolling for the college-bound. Try these seven fun ways: