Every student experiences learning loss when they are not engaged in challenging, educational processes – especially during the summer when the call of sunshine, swimming pools, and games is so strong.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, most students lose around two months of learning in mathematical skills over the summer. Low-income students, who may not have access to the same summer learning opportunities as their higher-income counterparts, may lose more than two months in reading achievement. Their middle-class peers, however, may make gains in their reading abilities.
What students lose in learning, they sometimes gain in weight. Studies show that students gain more weight over summer break than they during the year – a contributing factor to childhood obesity rates.
So what are parents to do when summer learning opportunities are scarce? The number of mLearning sources is rising every day, giving summer scholars the chance to learn anytime, anywhere. You Can LearnTM apps are in good company on the iTunes app store.
The Barefoot World Atlas promises to take children around the world, exploring the “regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of the planet,” creating a tactile, touch-screen geography lesson.
Motion Math: Wings allows students to use visuals to learn math skills such as counting, comparing quantities, and multiplication. Instead of memorizing multiplication tables from flash cards, children learn to conceptualize the process and understand how it works.
Solar Walk takes students on a 3D tour of the solar system, showing our planetary neighborhood in stunning graphics. This interactive representation of the Milky Way Galaxy shows the planets, their moons, and movement trajectories, giving students a strong concept of how the celestial bodies move and interact.
National Geographic’s Ultimate Dinopedia gives students an extreme history lesson, taking students back to the time of dinosaurs. It gives the details on more than 700 dinosaurs and is based on National Geographic’s award winning dinosaur encyclopedia. It takes students from dinosaur birth to the finding of fossils in modern day, creating the most complete guide to dinosaurs available today for children.
If you’re looking for ways to keep your children engaged and entertained, look no further than the devices at your fingertips – the app store may have the answer when other opportunities are out of reach. These apps and more are available right now, and though the summer break is drawing to a close, it’s never too late to keep learning.