Tutor Doctor Shares How Students Can Avoid the Summer Slide
Leading Private Tutoring Franchise Educates Students on How to Keep their Brains Active this Summer
June 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Toronto, ON – According to the National Summer Learning Association, kids lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills over the summer. When the school year ends, many students are occupied during the long summer months with day camps, swimming, play dates and vacation. Then once summer ends and the students go back to school, they realize they don't remember much of what they learned the previous year. In fact, without summer learning, students can lose 20-30 percent of their math, reading and language skills. This phenomenon is known as the "summer slide."
"It's unfortunate that children's hard-earned skills they learned over the school year can easily be lost over the summer," said Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor. "Three months without any academic challenge will dull anyone's brain, thus it's important to keep your children on their toes this summer. This doesn't mean that you have to use tedious school books and flash cards to get the job done. You can easily disguise curriculum into fun learning activities for children instead."
To educate parents on interactive ways to keep their children educated over the summer Tutor Doctor, a leading one-on-one "at home" tutoring franchise, offers the following brain-strengthening activities that are fun and don't feel like work.
- Plant a Garden. Help your child grow their favorite flowers, fruits or vegetables by creating their own garden. Take a trip to the library or garden center to help them decide on the best plants for your growing conditions. Turn it into a science project by tracking plant growth or testing variables like plant food or watering schedules.
- Menu Planning. Encourage your child to plan out a meal, write out the recipe, help gather or shop for ingredients, and prepare a summer-themed entrée. Ask friends and family to write a review of the dish to encourage reading and comprehension. These activities can also reinforce math, science, writing and organizational skills.
- Build a Bird Feeder. Help your child learn about birds by researching what types of food they're attracted to and by making a simple bird feeder to attract them. Feeding birds is an enjoyable hobby throughout the world and is a great way to get kids outdoors and away from technology.
- Explore. Visit local museums, zoos, botanical gardens, or any place in your community where kids can see and learn about new things. Make a journal of the experience by drawing pictures or taking photos, or work together on a creative story about an animal adventure.
- Learn a new skill or activity. Have your child make a summer bucket list with activities they've never tried before. Playing volleyball at the local park, learning to rollerblade, signing up for art or music classes are all great ways to keep the mind and body alert and going.
For additional tips and resources by Tutor Doctor, visit http://tutordoctor.com/tutor-doctor-blog/.
About Tutor Doctor
Tutor Doctor was founded in 2000 as an alternative to the "one-to-many" teaching model most extra-curricular learning centers offer by providing a personalized one-on-one, in-home tutoring service to students. The company quickly grew and in 2003 turned to franchising as a way of expanding the company's impact and meeting the vast market demand. Now with offices internationally in Canada, the United States, Latin America, the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa, the Tutor Doctor vision is becoming a reality as the lives of students and their families are being positively impacted throughout the world. With over 400 franchised territories worldwide, Tutor Doctor was listed by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the fastest growing franchise brands. For more information about Tutor Doctor visit the web site at www.tutordoctor.com.
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