Prevent Learning “Slide-back”

What is it?
Slideback is the loss of learning momentum.

Who does it effect?
Everyone. Even adults.

How does it happen?
Slideback happens when children (especially) take a break from the routine learning process.
When does it happen?
Slideback is associated with periods of time when children are not in school. Summer break is most notable because it is the longest break. Slideback can occur in shorter breaks as well; especially when children are disengaged from age-appropriate learning activities.
What are the effects?
To understand the effects of slideback, you must understand the learning process. If you think of learning like an assembly factory it is easy to understand the effects. In this example, learning is like putting together a product –like a car. As the frame of the car moves through the assembly line, new pieces are added until the car is complete. Learning is similar in that until we have processed the parts of knowledge and added the components to the frame, we cannot move the new information into the long-term storage area in our brain. If we stop processing, the un-used parts in the factory may rust or become obsolete. The knowledge we had been gaining, never makes it to long-term storage because our brain will lose information that hasn’t been fully processed.

Is there anything that can be done to prevent slideback?
Yes! By engaging your children in learning activities, their brains will continue to process new knowledge. Visit the Zoo, go to a museum, read a book, practice your musical instrument. There is much to do.

How frequently do children need to be engaged to help prevent slideback?
Every child is different. However, the routine is important. So being engaged five days per week is a good standard to live by.

What else?
Exercise – outdoor play is ALWAYS beneficial.

Do you have any suggestions?
Here are some websites with helpful material. Some of the sites have on-line activities, some have materials to print, some have suggestions of activities to do with your children.

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