Get a Head Start for the New School Term in August at Kip Summer School
We all look forward to our summer holidays, especially children! It is seven weeks of fun, relaxation and doing whatever they want and the new school term may be a distant thought. We all want to enjoy the Summer holidays but for many children, this long break without brain stimulation can be devastating and much of what has been learned in the previous year can be lost. This is often referred to as 'Summer Brain Drain' (see details below).
We feel it is important that students do a little work over the Summer and many of our centres offer a more relaxed attitude and offer special Summer tuition programmes which are very flexible. We also offer special 'Get Ready for High School' tuition that covers areas of maths and English that your child should be comfortable with before starting S1. This is a massive boost in confidence for children knowing that they are ready to face the new and faster paced learning curriculum.
“Summer brain drain” is another term for summertime regression and describes the loss in learning that children experience during the long summer holidays. Extensive studies show that children, who are fluent readers and who love to read for fun during the summer holidays, may actually improve their literacy skills. However, children with less fluent reading skills and who never read during the long break can actually regress by two months.
In maths, the learning loss is even greater across the board and students can lose up to 2.6 months in mathematical skills each summer. Imagine the frustration. A child has worked so hard during the school year to learn new maths concepts, only to find that by the end of term, they have forgotten everything! By the time they move up to a new school year and have to learn all over again. However, there may NOT be time to learn these skills again as the class may move on swiftly to more advanced maths concepts. If gaps in learning in certain core maths skills occur, this can make it very difficult for children to learn and fully grasp new maths concepts; they may fall behind and never catch up.