FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Summer usually comes with a little learning gap for students, but educators say the pandemic exacerbated that even more.
“We feel like students maybe haven’t gotten as much personal attention as they would if they were in the classroom and having that interaction with other students and the teacher,” Director of Student Advancement at Sylvan Learning Center in Fort Wayne Jill Johnston said.
With school starting soon, it’s important to build back those skills and concepts, especially in younger kids.
“Read read read,” Fort Wayne Community Schools Public Information Officer Krista Stockman said. “There is no such thing as too much reading.”
Johnston said it’s important to take that one step further.
“A lot of students struggle with comprehension,” she said. “They may have learned how to read the words on the page but they don’t understand what they’re reading.”
She says interacting with your child about what they read helps to reinforce the concept.
It’s also important to engage them with math concepts.
“When you go to the store and things like that, having the student think about, ‘Do you know how much change you would get back?’” Johnston said. “Let them try to do some of those math skills in the real world.”
Consistency is key.
“Repetition of those skills over and over in a closer period of time will help them actually remember and utilize that skill,” Johnston said.
If parents ever have concerns about their child’s performance in school, it’s crucial to reach out to the teacher.
“They are the experts and they are going to be able to help your child more than anyone else,” Stockman said.
A full list of first days of school for our viewing area can be found here.