For the benefit of children and parents
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Students who take breaks from reading, writing or arithmetic for weeks at a time while on holiday risk suffering what experts call summer learning loss — but it’s not too late to catch up before the start of the new academic year.
“It’s always best to get an early start, but I don’t think it’s ever too late to prepare yourself,” said Layth Bajes, director of the Sylvan Learning centre in Abu Dhabi.
Studies in the US have shown that children who don’t engage in regular educational activities — ranging from simply reading a book to attending a recreational summer camp — score lower on standardised tests issued after the summer holiday compared to their performance in the spring.
“Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months,” according to the US National Summer Learning Association. “Low-income students…
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