As in the past, school is still in full swing at BFA this summer. Schools are still based on the Agrarian calendar developed in the 19th century. There are a variety of reasons for the calendar and debate continues over the merits of change. What we do know is that students tend to regress in their learning over the summer break, experiencing what is known as “summer loss”. And we also know that kids love summer!
Summer loss refers to the decline in children’s reading development that can occur during summer vacation – times when children are away from the classroom and not participating in formal literacy programs (Allington & McGill-Franzen, 2003).
So how is this issue addressed at BFA? With Summer Learning Days which provide an opportunity for all K-8 students to focus on the development of literacy, mathematics, social, and art skills in an engaging and fun environment. For more information please contact Principal Tom Walsh.