Keep children’s minds active

Many have heard of the phenomenon known as “summer slide”- when children lose previously learned academic skills over the long summer break. Although it may have a whimsical name, there is much research that has proven that there is a direct link between summer learning loss and the achievement gap.

Parents in Cayman need not fret, though, as Cayman Learning Centre continues to offer their successful learning programs this summer.

Carrie Patraulea, the Centre director, says, “Cayman Learning Centre’s mission is to provide an enriched learning environment where the students build focus, confidence and learn to reach their academic goals. The summer is a great opportunity to review and/or advance their skills and keep them engaged academically.”

The Centre offers four different programmes that help children gain skills and confidence, including camps and afternoon sessions. Specifically, the morning Reading or Math Camp for five to 10-year-olds, is devoted to developing children’s literacy and/or maths skills in a three to one student teacher ratio while having fun.

“I always look forward to the Summer Camp. It is great to see students enjoy themselves as they learn and it is comforting to realise all the gains they achieve,” says Peter Smith, literacy and math teacher.

In addition, the Cayman Learning Centre provides afternoon literacy, numeracy or Spanish programmes for students in Year 1 to high school. These 50 minute tutorial sessions start at 1, 2 or 3pm. For the youngest learners, the morning Building Blocks programme for 3- 5-year-oldd is focused on helping little ones develop skills to get them ready for school. Finally, for struggling readers, there is a critically acclaimed Intensive Read and Spell Program for all ages.

The Cayman Learning Centre is at 7 Pasadora Place on Smith Road, George Town. Contact them at 943-7323.

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