DOVER, Del.- For many children summertime means fun in the sun and enjoying time off. It’s about two to three months of no school. The concept might sound good to students, but studies show spending the summer without learning could be doing more harm than good.
According to the National Summer Learning Association, studies show students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. They say the retention gap can be a problem.
At the Adams home in Camden-Wyoming, we found four of the children enjoying their day watching some television. But 7-year-old Khalarie Adams says she won’t be wasting the entire day away.
"My mommy says if you forget what you learned and it wasn't summer that means you didn't learn it at all,” said Khalarie Adams.
She’s going into the third grade this fall and her mom knows just how important it is to keep her brain going throughout the summer.
"I think as a parent it's very important to keep the kids busy throughout the summer,” said Kim Adams. “With the lapse of time without school it leaves a great amount of room for them to forget."
That’s something of course parents don’t want to happen.
While there are many different ways to get kids active during the summer, one Dover man looks to make learning fun for the summertime.
Ernest Hudson of Dover started a business called Spatulearn. He combines cooking with academics to get the kids learning.
"The uniqueness of this is to actually let kids know that in the community and in school that you can be somebody,” said Hudson. “You can apply what you learned in school in your everyday life."
As a culinary teacher in Appoquinimink School District, he knows the importance of summer retention.
"You can see a lot of our youth they need that something, some kind of service that they can do,” said Hudson. “Something to keep their mind going, keep their mind learning on a continuous basis throughout the summer.”
Some kids seem to enjoy the concept.
"I want to keep learning,” said Khalarie.
Even when outside of school, the learning doesn’t have the end.
Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:49:09 GMT
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