As the school year comes to a close, parents and educators are concerned about the dreaded "summer slide" – the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the long break. Indeed, there is reason to be concerned; the National Summer Learning Association estimates that children lose approximately 2 months of skills in both reading and math each summer.
However, there's an innovative solution that not only helps to combat the summer slide, but also provides a fun and educational experience for children during summer break: Brick Based Learning.
Brick Based Learning elevates children's early learning experiences by artfully pairing high-quality literature with LEGO® bricks and captivating brick building challenges, creating an enriching educational experience that can prevent summer learning loss.
Ensuring Active Learning and Engagement
Over the summer, many children have very little exposure to books or high quality literacy activities. Because each Brick Based Learning kit comes with a beautiful picture book and multiple activities related to the book, signing up to have Brick Based Learning kit delivered to your door each month is a great way to make sure your child won’t fall behind in their literacy skills.
Further, all of our kits come with an assortment of LEGO bricks, brick building challenges for your child to complete, an additional hands-on activity (or two!), and access to more than 100 pages of digital content to extend the fun and learning.
The experiential nature of the activities promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and spatial reasoning skills. By consistently challenging their minds, children avoid the learning loss typically experienced during the summer break, helping to ensure a smooth transition back to school in the fall.
Incorporating STEM Concepts
Of course, reading isn’t the only important skill that suffers over the summer. Children also fall behind in math and science.
Fortunately, Brick Based Learning seamlessly integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts into playtime as well.
Through building and experimenting, children develop an understanding of fundamental principles in physics, geometry, and architecture. As they tackle the brick building challenges, they learn about structural stability and balance. Giving children the opportunity to develop their STEM skills over the summer break will give them a leg up when they return to classes in the fall.
Integrating Play and Learning
Over the summer, many children want nothing to do with anything that feels like “schoolwork.” And that’s why one of the biggest benefits of Brick Based Learning is that our monthly kits seamlessly integrate of play and learning.
With each kit, your child will engage in imaginative play while building LEGO structures and designs, all while discussing and analyzing good quality literature, reflecting on their values and experiences, and developing key STEM skills. Further, the hands-on nature of creating with LEGO bricks enhances fine motor skills and spatial awareness.
By turning learning into an enjoyable experience, Brick Based Learning subscriptions foster a sense of curiosity and instill a love for learning that effectively combats summer learning loss. Your child will be having so much fun they won’t even know they are learning!
In conclusion, a Brick Based Learning subscription offers an effective way to prevent the dreaded “summer slide” and ensure continued educational growth during the break. Brick Based Learning kits provide active learning experiences that incorporate STEM concepts and seamlessly integrate play and learning.
With the summer break just around the corner, now is the perfect time to subscribe to Brick Based Learning and give your child a head start for the next school year.