For right brain kids summer break is significant because many of them have spent the school year feeling stifled, misunderstood and not good enough. For them ‘no school’ means it’s time to play. It means – no homework – no boundaries- no schedules – no reading or writing assignments.
But danger lurks. Summer brain drain can amount to a significant learning loss, as much as 2 ½ months per student, with the biggest losses in math and reading. Consistent summer losses can cause a child to be 2 years behind their peers by 6th grade. By 9th grade, summer losses are considered responsible for 2/3 of the achievement gap.
Let’s consider our visual kids. Many of them have already been struggling in school and can’t afford any leaks. They’ve been taught and tested in left-brain school systems and are desperate for a break, while still needing to shore up what they’ve learned during the year.
So how do we make the most of summer? How do we plug the drain and make gains, especially for our right brain visual kids? The key is to make learning hands on, make it visual, add lots of art and time to create and above all – make it FUN.