Summer Learning Loss And What You Can Do About It

May 28, 2021 | Killarney

According to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, "On average, students lose approximately 2.6 months of learning in math over the summer — and teachers have to give up weeks of class time, or more, to make up for that loss." Math is actually at the top of the list with regards to learning loss across all academic subjects.

The rate of summer math loss continues to grow by the time your student enters middle school. Math skills are cumulative and inter-related so this impact is compounded with higher grade levels. Teach Learn Grow: The Education Blog adds, "By the summer after seventh grade, students lose on average a whopping 50% of their school-year gains in math."

Summer learning loss is so commonplace that it even has a nickname: the summer slide. Augh!

So why does it happen?

Simply put, because most of us don't practice math outside of the classroom.

From the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Joanna Christodoulou says, “If you try to imagine a bedtime math routine, as you might for reading, the idea of winding down by completing math equations doesn’t elicit...interest. The issue isn’t that engaging math activities are not available outside of school, but rather that, it is easy to overlook the presence of math in everyday activities like measurement in cooking, calculations when dealing with money, or distance while driving."

If you feel like you lack the creativity to develop a math routine for your child(ren), Mathnasium of Killarney is here to help. We're centrally located in Calgary at Westbrook Mall in the south west. Our hand-selected math tutors are here to offer an engaging array of math activities to your student all through the summer. We have all the best puzzles, games, blocks, fraction pieces, and other manipulatives to keep your student fluent in math. Plus, keeping your child connected to math throughout the summer will build their confidence for next year's curriculum. 

One satisfied parent noted, "My daughter went to Mathnasium last summer and was able to test top of class for math. I give all credit to the time she spent learning at Mathnasium. To keep her on track we did Mathnasium again this summer. We love it!" 

Jack, one of students who provided a video testimonial, also told us knew he was first in his math class when September rolled in.

Seeing these students succeed in math is incredibly rewarding and we want to help yours get there too. Contact us 825-509-2143 to learn how you can get a risk-free assessment and start building your child's confidence in math!