I think most parents are aware that a lot of children regress a little over the summer holidays. Six weeks or even a little more is quite a lot of time to be outside the school environment. I was interested to read a little more about it after the Tutorfair Foundation got in touch with me to offer some tips on halting the summer slide. Some children lose as much as 2 months of reading skills over the summer, but even reading four or five books over the summer can be a real help. H enjoys taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge which is taking place across the country in libraries. H doesn’t really need much encouragement to read and he’ll have finished the Summer Reading Challenge in no time, but it is a good way of motivating reluctant readers.
Writing is our biggest concern for H as this is the thing he likes least, but he needs to keep practising over the summer. We have tried all sorts of things to make sure he does some writing every day. It’s got much easier since he got into creating his own fantasy adventure stories, but you might want to try encouraging keeping a diary (maybe buy a nice notebook to use for it).
Maths can be fitted into every day activities like cooking: children can adapt recipes using fractions or multiplication. H is using his mental arithmetic skills to see what he can buy with his pocket-money: there is a lot of toy catalogue browsing going on at the moment. I think whatever you decide to do, it’s best to keep it fun as it’s the school holidays and children need their downtime.
Tutorfair is a website which aims to make tutoring accessible for all. All to often it’s only the wealthiest students who get to experience the benefits tutoring can provide like increasing confidence or stopping the summer slide. Tutorfair’s website is really easy to use: you search by putting in your postcode (they cover the Greater London area) and subject, and picking the best tutor near you. View everything from qualifications to videos of tutors, so you can get a better idea of what they are like. Online payment makes booking easy, and if you’re not totally satisfied with your tutor after your first lesson, Tutorfair will give you your money back.
The big difference between Tutorfair and other traditional tutoring agencies is “For every student who pays, Tutorfair gives free tutoring to a child can’t” (the ‘fair’ bit). I love this bit as it always seems so unfair that children from poor backgrounds should lose out on the help they need.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, but I think there are a lot of good tips here.