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Staying Sharp Over the Summer
Joyce Doyle

Summertime is traditionally a time to relax, enjoy the warm days and leave schoolwork behind. Students enjoy two months of free time to do whatever they want. The question is, what will they do?

Keeping the brain active during the summer is a critical element to succeeding in the coming school year. Multiple studies have proven that achievement test scores decline over the summer months. In fact, on average students lose one month of learning if they don’t stay active. (The Effects of Summer Vacation on Achievement Test Scores: A Narrative and Meta-Analytic Review, by Harris Cooper. Sept. 1, 1996.)

There are many ways to stay sharp over the summer:

  • Join a summer reading program or book club at the public library
  • Keep up with those innovative learning apps discovered during remote school days
  • Volunteer in the community at summer camps, in hospitals or by tutoring
  • Play a musical instrument or write a song
  • Try some science experiments at home or build a robot
  • Write a novel or screenplay – and then film it
  • Complete a puzzle or play a game

Even though activities on campus are limited this summer due to pandemic guidelines, Thornton Academy students are still enjoying a variety of enterprises like internships, community volunteer work, athletics and creative outlets. By spending time learning and engaging this summer, all students will be better prepared for the next year, and for whatever life brings.

Perhaps students will even discover a new Thornton activity to join this fall. Visit our activities pages for TAMS and upper school students and see what we have to offer.