School's Out For Summer

We're hearing it in the office from our pediatric patients...school's out for summer! As our kiddos get ready to turn reading and writing to fun and freedom, it got us thinking about what some call "Summer brain drain", and how we can help children hit PLAY instead of PAUSE on learning during the summer months.

Summer learning loss is a real issue in this country, and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) is helping raise awareness on June 19th during Summer Learning Day. Research shows that most students loose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months, and low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement (Cooper, 1996). 

Let's turn 'pause' into 'play' this summer for our children's learning!

Let's turn 'pause' into 'play' this summer for our children's learning!

So how can we help our kiddos stay engaged and push "play" this summer? We're here to help with a list of fun activities to enrich and engage your child in summer learning!

  1. Books, books, books! Find books that excite your child and don't be afraid to deviate from teh summer reading list. Finding books that engage and activate interests in children can go beyond reading a book.
  2. Become adventurous. Activate "project based learning" by finding something in the book(s) that can be applied to your lives. From designing a garden, to visiting a museum, or planning a road trip, you can engage other subjects (math, science, history) all from one story.
  3. Get "appy"! From educational iPhone/iPad apps to computer games, school age children can have fun and learn at the same time. A computer based program, UMiGO, offers free math "appisodes" for elementary-age kids.
  4. Get competitive! Join a summer reading challenge through The SF Library or join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Sylvan Book Adventure are free reading programs that allow your little one to compete against themselves to meet reading goals. 
  5. Go beyond academics. There is more to learning than hitting the books. Children can learn social-emotional growth by volunteering with others, participating in summer camps and getting creative with their friends. 

Have fun, and keep learning this summer with your little one!

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!