Aug 3, Summer learning loss: How to stop it, and still have fun

Summer learning loss? How to stop it, and still have fun © 2017 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Without regular practice, new skills and knowledge fade. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that kids experience summer learning loss. In places like the United States -- where a long, summer school break is common -- the average child loses more than two months' worth of mathematical knowledge (Cooper et al 1996). Reading skills suffer too, but mostly among children of lower socioeconomic status. And these patterns are consistent with the "use it or lose it" explanation. During the summer, children from middle class and affluent families tend to read. Children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds -- who typically have less access to books -- don't. As a result, kids living in more enriched environments often improve their reading skills over the summer. Less privileged kids lose ground. By contrast, most children -- affluent or otherwise -- tend to skip math..
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Our Family’s Journey To and From Storm Ridge Ranch

—by Teri and Steve Lamb No family sets out to send their child to a residential program. And the Good Lord knew we didn’t plan on sending two! But He also led us to Storm Ridge Ranch because it was the best choice for our children. Our adopted son had been in and out of group homes during his preadolescent and adolescent years. He struggled with accountability, respect (both self and authority), drugs and alcohol abuse, and getting along well with others. We had tried everything the professionals had suggested to us to help deal with the anger and disconnect with our son. Like a pot slowly boiling on the stove, we didn’t really notice how heated things were becoming until the repercussions on his behavior started seriously impacting each family member’s life, not to mention anyone else who would come in contact with him (i.e. teachers, doctors, employers, etc.) 
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