Worried about your kids forgetting what they've learned before the long summer break? Fear not, our experts are on hand with advice and recommendations on how to keep their synpases firing.
At the risk of sounding like a summer season killjoy, it’s an unwelcome truth that the average school child’s learning not only slows during the summer holidays, it actually reverses.
When researchers studied the phenomenon in 2017, they found that achievement scores dropped by one whole month’s worth of school-time learning. The decline was more dramatic for maths than for English, and was more pronounced among older school children.
But there’s no need to cancel the holiday just yet, because there’s always an app that can come to the rescue, right? Last summer, apps labelled as ‘educational’ were downloaded 470 million times from the Apple App Store, largely by parents keen to counter this slump in learning.
It sounds like an easy fix, but just how educational are most of these apps?