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Summer Learning Slide! What's Up? or Down?

What Do You Think? Is summer learning loss real? Yes, no, maybe so, depending. 

Is summer learning loss like walking up the slide?     

For a couple of years now, always the same. I'm on the preschool play area and I spot one or two kiddos walking up the slide. I gently remind to slide down the slide, not walk up. Also, not to slide down backwards or push another kid down. Other weird things seem to pop up, like licking the slide, going up and down the stairs, then not sliding, watching a toy go down the slide, etc. Even though we are in summer, our preschool still serves kids. The slide gets a lot of action. So there is no summer learning loss, or slide for these lucky littles.

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soccer ball

Generally speaking, most parents can’t wait to get their young children into activities. They want to do something that’s out of the house or outdoors. They’re anxious to find out what their child’s talents might be and signing them up for a team seems like a good first step in that direction.

But, there are a few things to consider before paying that enrollment fee and piling everyone in the car.

First, be sure the activity is specifically geared to 3 to 5-year-olds. Some are more for 5’s and 6’s. In other words, all pee wee soccer teams are not what parents might expect. They need to take the time to watch a session and observe the set-up and coaching. Is it highly structured and regimented, with the emphasis on performance and winning? Or, is it more like fun running games while learning some very basic skills?

Parents should remember that an active 3-year-old is not going to look like any kind of athlete. He is typically a bundle of unorganized energy, with an amazing inability to follow directions, pay attention, or listen.

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Spring is here… the start of many new things. But, it also marks the beginning of the race to sign children up for summer activities.

I was reminded of this as I stood in my neighbor’s kitchen, waiting for her to finish a phone call. The oversized family calendar was prominently hanging on the refrigerator, so I leaned in to take a look. I noticed every box was filled with writing, even though the month had only begun yesterday. As I lifted the pages, I noticed the same thing on those, too. Apparently, three-year-old Ross, five-year-old Mia, and six-year-old Ben were about to embark on a whirlwind summer!

calendar 2

Swimming lessons, space camp, karate, tennis, nature camp, dance, soccer, princess camp, and T-Ball. Some of the camps lasted two weeks, from 9am. to 4pm. The lessons were all at least two days a week, while others were every day. What? Or, more importantly, why?

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