POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 9:49am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Big Buddy wants you to know….
All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996).
More than half of the achievement gap between lower and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
Children lose more than academic knowledge over the summer. Most children—particularly children at high risk of obesity—gain weight more rapidly when they are out of school during summer break (Von Hippel et al, 2007).
Parents consistently cite summer as the most difficult time to ensure their children have productive things to do (Duffett et al, 2004)
Don’t let the youth in your life suffer from Summer Leaning Loss. Conduct simple experiments (this is easy to do while cooking), make a simple craft, use daily activities for math and writing opportunities, or just read daily to your children. All of this can make a difference in closing that achievement gap.
Big Buddy can help you combat Summer Learning Loss as well. Go to www.bigbuddyprogram.net  for more information.