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.
For right brain kids summer break is especially significant because many of them have spent the school year feeling stifled, misunderstood and not good enough. For them ‘no school’ means its time to play. But danger lurks. If summer days are consistently lazy – a significant amount of what went into building your child’s brain during the school year will start to leak out.