After a year of education amid chaos, evidence shows millions of students have fallen behind, spurring a learning deficit experts dub “the COVID slide.”
A recent study reported students were likely to lose approximately five to nine months of learning by the end of this school year, according to a news release.
Embracing online supplemental learning is a practical approach parents can take to secure their children’s future academic success, according to John Edelson, founder, and president of Time4Learning.
“Now is the time to devise a summer learning strategy,” he said in the news release. “While there is no perfect remedy that will return our students to grade-level proficiency, parents need to take a proactive role before their children’s academic decline becomes insurmountable.”
The free downloadable packet offers learning suggestions designed to minimize the effect of a coronavirus-induced learning loss coupled with the traditional summer “brain drain.” Each activity focuses on strengthening reading and math skills, boosting learning comprehension, and reinforcing problem-solving skills through fun games, interactive lessons, or engaging games.
According to Edelson, parents should consider three important steps before beginning a summer curriculum:
- Observe Monitor children during virtual school or homework time to identify academic strengths and weaknesses.
- Plan: Utilize the parent portal on Time4Learning to set learning goals and create an academic plan.
- Enjoy: Find ways to have fun by incorporating key concepts into traditional summer activities.
Time4Learning offers a customizable, flexible, and affordable learning platform, while its interactive videos and gamified platform keep students’ minds engaged as they master concepts, practice skills, and develop effective study habits.
The company’s Pre-K to 12th grade coursework teaches math, language arts, science, social studies, and more. The interactive, student-paced curriculum features thousands of multimedia-based lessons, activities, and printable worksheets.
In addition to the Time4Learning curriculum, there are Time4Writing and Time4MathFacts to help with those skill areas. Parents use the popular platform to reinforce key concepts during summer, supplement school work, or as a main academic curriculum for homeschooling.