Whether your child / student has just gone back to school or is about to start the summer break, Summer Learning Loss is almost inevitable. Studies say that all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months, so teachers spend about 4 weeks reteaching materials. Brain Drain, or Summer Learning Loss, is a common phenomenon where students forget key information and skills because of lack of mental stimulation over the summer months. See statistics from Oxford Learning below.
Now, what can you do about this?
One way to target mental skills quickly and effectively is through an intensive brain training program like BrainRx by LearningRx USA that uses intense game-like exercises that works on brain skills like attention, memory, processing speed, logic and reasoning, and auditory and visual processing. Learn more here.
To further help prevent Summer Learning Loss, here are some free and fun games that you can do anytime and anywhere:
Mental Tic Tac Toe: Similar to traditional Tic Tac Toe, this game uses a “mental” grid numbered 1 to 9. Players remember where their opponent has already been and call out an unoccupied space. The player who calls an occupied space loses. What it helps: Attention, logic & reasoning, and working memory
Needle in a Haystack: Take a page from a newspaper and time your child as she circles all occurrences of a specific letter. Focus on increasing both accuracy and speed. What it helps: Visual processing speed
20 Questions: Think of a person or object and give your child 20 chances to narrow down what you’re thinking of by asking yes or no questions. To help them improve their logic & reasoning, teach them to strategize by using questions that will significantly narrow down the categories, such as, “Are they alive?” or, “Is it bigger than you?” What it helps: Logic, reasoning, memory
Poetry: Have your child choose four words that rhyme and then ask them to use those words to create a poem or a rhyming song. Or say a word, then have them come up with another that rhymes. Keep this pattern going as long as possible, then start with a new word. What it helps: Auditory analysis, verbal rhythm, memory
Bonus tip: Research shows that reading just 6 books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. No matter how old your child / student is and what his learning capacity is, these games can definitely help battle brain drain and make learning easier. Have fun! :)
See you next month! BrainRx Philippines Team
With 95,000 client lives changed worldwide, a 9.6/10 average client satisfaction, a 21-point IQ change (based on controlled study), 1-year retention rates of 96-99% (pre, post and follow-up standard scores), and 35 years of research, BrainRx is the world's leading one-on-one brain training program.