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how to prevent summer brain drain + Galileo Summer Camps

It’s that time guys – time to sign the kiddos up for summer camp and start planning how you will prevent summer brain drain. Summer slide, brain drain, whatever you call it, it is REAL. Learning cannot stop and start with school or your kids will fall behind their peers. The statistics are pretty startling.

On average, students lose 2 months of reading skills, 2.6 months of math skills over the summer.

What summer brain drain means for the new school year: 6 weeks of fall is spent on re-learning old material

What’s needed to prevent summer brain drain: just 2-3 hours a week of learning/maintaining

how to prevent summer brain drain

summer camp

The big answer here is summer camp, but how to choose the right camp for your child? Think about their interests, areas they excel in and start your research! Many camps are already full by Feb/March  and others have early bird discounts now,  so don’t wait. If your child thinks out of the box, learns well through making things and is interested in arts/science/engineering… I have the summer camp for you!

Since 2002, Galileo Camps has been shaping a new generation of innovators by teaching kids to explore, make mistakes and create without fear. If your child thrives in a learning environment that focuses on designing, building and thinking beyond the text book, this is the camp for them. Drawing from the innovation process inspired by the Stanford d. School, Galileo’s curriculum sparks kids’ imaginations from pre-K through 8th grade. Additional info at the bottom of the post!

homeschool curriculum

Homeschool curriculum is an awesome resource for all families, homeschoolers or not. Find fun home programs (workbooks are perfect) that either help your child catch up, get ahead or simply stay refreshed this summer. You know what is best for your child – maybe they struggle with math and summer is their perfect chance to get ahead for the next school year.

snail mail

Keeping kids reading and writing all summer long is a practical goal. One fun way to encourage both is through the snail mail – finding pen pal friends, sending post cards, letters to relatives… Not only can kids get regular writing practice this way, but they can also customize their letters with doodles and small crafts.


Arts and crafts are a sneaky way to get kids learning while having fun. Let your kids explore Pinterest for projects using key words like “DIY” and “kid’s crafts” + summer or summer holidays or pool or outdoors. There are a ton of great ideas out there to keep kids busy and their brains active, which is the key here. Summer learning doesn’t have to be all workbooks – learning comes in many forms. Heck, just set out a pile of random crafty objects and see what they can create like this below!

day trips

Most importantly, kids need to get out of the house this summer, as much as possible. They need to PLAY, discover and see new things. The easiest way to do this is to visit local places – attend library events, art museums, science museums, festivals, cultural centers, campgrounds, whatever is local to you.

physical activity

Regular physical activity can lead to increased concentration and improved mathematics and test scores. Sometimes kids sit around too much during the summer, watching TV and playing video games. While it IS important for kids to feel relaxed during summer break, they also need to keep up with their exercise. Sign them up for a summer team sport or keep it simple with regular family bike rides, hikes and stay on the go!

outdoor exploration

Nature has so much to offer our kids educationally. With the added bonus of exercise and sunshine, outdoor adventures offer plenty of opportunities to learn more about the world around us. Take a pair of binoculars and a bird book, or have the kids collect flowers, leaves and seeds to create a nature journal. Attend events held in national parks that are wonderful learning experiences – they all have them so look online! Usually rangers/volunteers get involved at national parks/forests and nature preserves to educate children about local wildlife and preservation.

all about Galileo Camps

Camp Galileo is for the younger campers where they learn through art, science and outdoor activities – all tailored to their level.  Campers engineer impressive inventions like animatronics, scooters and slingshot cars – a way to blend playtime with practical building and teamwork skills. They learn how to think like a true innovator, how to collaborate with other campers and create incredible works of art like spinning solar system mobiles and glowing neon signs.
Each week of the four-week program is organized around a different inspiring theme. Here’s what’s happening in 2018:
  • The Incredible Human Body – The Art and Science of Being Human
  • Space Explorers – Cosmic Art and Astronaut Science
  • Road Trip Adventure – Art and Engineering on Route 66
  • Galileo Makers: Materials Challenge – Extraordinary Art and Inventions with Ordinary Supplies

Galileo Summer Quest: 5th – 8th grade

Older campers will really push the limits of creativity and innovation at Galileo Summer Quest.  Each week, campers choose from 11 immersive majors – picking a subject they already love or would like to learn more about. They are mentored by expert instructors and have all of the tools and materials they need at their fingertips. They breathe life into robot pets, produce YouTube videos, engineer catapults and so much more! Watch their confidence and imagination blossom in this uplifting, encouraging and exciting environment!

Here’s what’s on offer in 2018:
  • 3-D Modeling & Printing
  • Catapult Builders
  • Chefology: Breakfast Club
  • Chefology: Supreme Sweets
  • Go-Kart Builders
  • Mobile Game Design
  • Mod Design with Minecraft
  • Mystery Room: The Great Escape
  • Robot Pet
  • Virtual Reality
  • YouTube Producers
Galileo prides themselves on maintaining an experienced, dedicated staff. A camp is only as good as its staff as they are the people who truly bring all of the curriculum to life. Galileo screens thousands of applicants each year to find the absolute best people to teach and guide your kids. While most staff are educators the rest of the year, Galileo also hires artists, tech professionals, engineers and other experts who are passionate about helping to create the next generation of change-makers. Galileo staff is not only educated and professional – they also know how to be silly and passionate!

Early bird registration is open now! Sign up for Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest and save $30 with code INNOVATE18 at checkout. Redeemable for one week of Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest per family only. One-time use. Combinable with our Refer-a-Friend and Multi-Session discounts. Not combinable with any other marketing discounts.

learn more about Galileo Camps here!

sign up for Galileo Camps here!

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