A significant percentage of the material that is learnt during term time is forgotten during the holidays, resulting in what parents and teachers around the world call ‘learning loss’.
When children are away from school for long stretches, like the summer holidays, the facts are globally recognised: The longer the holiday, the less practice a child gets outside the classroom; the less practice a child gets outside the classroom, the less educationally engaged they are; and the less educationally engaged they are, the more learning loss they will suffer.
How can learning loss affect a child’s progress in maths?
The extent of learning loss varies widely across factors including age and subject. For maths, the average student can lose up to 3 months of progress over the summer holidays. This means that, by September, your child’s ability in maths could have regressed back to the same level it was at in April.
In Maths-Whizz terms, your child could return to school next academic year with a lower Maths Age than they left with last year. This is where you come in…
Parents: How can you avoid up to 3 months of learning loss and maybe even help your child to progress further while enjoying themselves and making the most of the summer?
Teachers: How can you help your students to retain all their hard work, so that you’ve got less catching up to do next term?
What can you do to prevent learning loss?
Make sure the summer holidays are the time to practise what has been learnt… without feeling like they’re back in school. (No one wants to deprive Britain’s children of their precious summer-time freedom!)
Maths-Whizz helps children continue learning in a fun and engaging way, all year round, wherever they are. The Maths-Whizz Summer Adventure takes that to a whole other level. Every completed lesson unlocks a new Summer Adventure holiday-themed game – rewarding them for their achievements and motivating them to keep developing their confidence in maths. The adventure through the Mayan jungle with the Whizz Professor is a great way to reward your child for their hard work over the course of the year.
Watch the video below to find out more about the Maths-Whizz Summer Adventure and how it prevents learning loss:
If your child already uses Maths-Whizz they will automatically have access to the Summer Adventure when they log in from 21 July 2016 (as long as they have completed their assessment). If not, get in touch today to find out more about how Maths-Whizz can help your child grow in confidence and fulfil their potential in maths.