“Summer Learning Loss” refers to the decline of academic skills students experience if they do not keep their minds active over summer break. On average, students lose 2.6 months of math skills and 2 months of reading skills during the summer months! This means that teachers then need to devote about six weeks to reviewing and re-teaching old material when school resumes on the fall. The good news? Research shows that 2-3 hours per week of academic activity helps prevent summer learning loss. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy–reading a few books over the summer, using apps like Duolingo or Luminosity on an iPad, or taking part in a robotics camp are just a few of the ways your child’s brain can stay sharp.