Fighting Summer Learning Loss: Program keeps students' minds sharp

BAKERSFIELD - Educators say to succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. This is especially true during the summer months.

"Most of my friends do nothing during the summer other than play video games," said Isaiah Esparza.

Esparza has been involved in the summer learning program, Summer of Discovery, at the Lori Brock Education Center at the Kern County Museum.

The young people involved in the program participate in many activities aimed at stimulating learning.
Educators say it is important for parents to realize the dangers of summer learning loss.

The summer Learning Association says some youth face anything but idyllic summer months. When the school doors close, many children struggle to access educational opportunities, as well as basic needs such as healthy meals and adequate adult supervision.

"As parents you don't have to enroll your kids and a summer program to combat summer learning loss, but you do have to take time to engage their brain," said Kasey Houser.

Houser spent the day at the Kern County Museum with her son looking at the exhibits  and spending time in the Discovery World.

All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.
 
"Parents should consider getting their kids involved in a summer learning program, have them read some books, or go to the library. Basically, do something productive and active with their kids,"said Adam Gomez with the Sylvan Learning Center.
 
The Sylvan Learning Center has programs aimed at young people staying ahead of the curve during the summer break.
 
"A student can lose up to 2 1/2 months of learning over the summer," said Gomez.
 
The center offers summer sessions to help combat summer learning loss, that focuses on building skills and getting kids off to a great start in the fall. 
 
For further information about the programs offered at Sylvan Learning Center, call 661-387-6060 or log onto www.bakersfieldsylvan.com .
 
For more information about the Summer of Discovery programs offered at the Kern County Museum, log onto www.kcmuseum.org or call (661) 437-3330 
 

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