CWIST Helps Lessen Summer Brain Drain Through Reading & Incentives
‘CWISTis an Incentive-Based Digital Platform, that harnesses creative power of parents and educators to create fun kids’ challenges to educate the whole child.’
‘Kids can earn their wishes by completing a CWIST, or a challenge.’
I remember my mother buying me books from my favorite series, Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High. (Quite ironically I have twins now.)
She’d buy them during the summer months, most especially. 1 book every week from the local book store. Now as a mother myself I completely understand why.
What I thought was simply a gift for being good, was really a gift of another kind. She wasn’t just being nice. She was trying to help minimize the ‘summer brain drain’ that happens to some extent to every single child during the 2 and 1/2 month gap between grades, also known as summer.
Why does this happen? When you take a child out of their daily learning regime it is only natural to lose some of what was stored in memory. And of course, the mind isn’t used to learning on a current and steady basis as it once was. Therefore, certain things slide down the drain and are forgotten. It’s easy for the brain to ‘slack off’, if you will.
And it’s never to early to get a leg-up on making reading a habit 😆 .
(Just being amusing here.)
Seriously, it is FACT that most kids lose about two months (some slightly more) of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills and reading achievement.over the summer months, and I believe that is absolutely true. I mean how much of what we once learned have we lost since we graduated from school ourselves? (YIKES! 😯 )
So, while it is very important to play outdoors, have fun with friends, swim, stay active and healthy, have playdates, and let kids enjoy their free time. It is also very important to sneak in some learning to. This is why most schools nowadays have a summer reading list for every grade level.
Following these lists isn’t mandatory in our schools, however, there is a report that is due at the start of the school year on a book from that list. So reading at least 1 book is required. Below is our list for the new 3rd graders, which is my Mikayla.
Our summer reading list for 2013
(Listen up 😛 )
Shredderman Series, Wendelin Van Draanen’s
Patricia Polacco books
The Littles series, John Peterson
The Lighthouse Family series, Cynthia Rylant
The Family Under the Bridge, Garth Williams
Ramona series, Beverly Cleary
Clementine series, Sara Pennypacker
The Chocolate Touch, Patrick Skene Catling
Freaky Friday, Mary Rodgers
Joanna Hurwitz books
Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard Atwater
*They increase in level difficulty as they go.*
CWISTknows our kids have been out of school for only a week to 10 days now, but already our kids are losing vital information. This is why they are pushing their summer learning promotion to encourage both parents and children to maintain the spirit of reading.
This boosts a child’s imagination. It helps shake the cobwebs from their brains. And it also takes some time away from TV sets and computer monitors, and do something that benefits them greatly. (Though so does the CWIST website! This exclusion does apply 😛 .)
I always believed that rewarding positive behavior is an absolute must with children. You will see that in my next CWIST post. And CWIST agrees.
EX:Complete a book from cover to cover and tell mom about its plot.
(I usually throw in a few questions to.)
*I can always tell if a book has been fully read or skimmed. My 7 year old is pretty good with reading and seems to enjoy it.*
If accomplished, a reward might be:
A)A trip to the local amusement park.
B)A newly desired item from her favorite clothing store Justice.
C)A mother/daughter lunch.
E) A certain toy of interest.
It’s not really bribery. (Well I guess most moms do resort to bribery with their kids from time to time.) But I like to call it..incentive. The gold stars don’t usually cut it anymore. Just for my 3 year olds. That won’t last 😀 .
I have just decided that if she completes her whole list we will all take a trip to Six Flags Great Adventure at the end of the summer. She has been wanting to go for 2 years now (so have I) so it’s a win-win 😆 . You can figure out what your own reward(s) will be.
Use CWIST to help out!
CWIST is wondering what your child’s school or library reading lists are? You can “cwist your list’ and see it online on their official website! Just send an email to them with the link to the reading list at: firstname.lastname@example.org!
**CWIST really wants more people to send in their summer reading lists and reward their kids for completing their summer reading. Schools in Maryland have already uploaded their lists and many parents have added theirs to! Join in to!**
It will help add more great books to their site to go through with your child or children. Ones that they may possibly be interested in reading ASIDE from ones from their own school lists. Maybe you can hunt down a title for them at your local library and make reading at home a fun and regular activity..all year long!.
Will you take part and promote summer reading with your own school-aged children and help limit summer brain drain in your loved, little minds?
Be sure to check out more about what the world of CWIST is all about by reading my former post by clicking HERE.
Join CWIST now for free for TONS of great ideas and activities for you to do along with your children, or to keep them busy all on their own. This certainly will help out with any boredom they may be claiming to be experiencing over their vacation.
Happy summer. Happy learning!
** Disclosure: I am a proud CWIST ambassador and received monetary compensation to review and blog about this educational service. This in no way impacts the outcome of my review. All opinions stated above are 100% truthful and my own.**