…that most learners will forget the last four weeks of learning over the six weeks of Christmas break? Pretty much everything learned in November is lost by the time they go back to school in January/February.
Six weeks is a long time to have a break from learning and I doubt young minds require so much recovery time. As I come from a sports training background I know that such a break from training for a sports person would be detrimental to their abilities and performance. That is why professional sports people do not take a break, they alter how they train.
I have witnessed the downfalls in people achieving weight loss because they cannot gain any momentum on their weight loss program. There was always something preventing them getting up a full head of steam on their weight loss project; birthdays, work functions, anniversaries, weddings, parties, etc.. It may be the same for our students in the education system. There appears to be so many things that prevent our students building up momentum in their learning progress; public holidays (about 12 days per year), school holidays (about 12 weeks per year), student free days (at least one after every school break), athletics sports day, swimming day, excursions to …., school camps (1 or 2 weeks per year), …
That is why we run holiday programs for our clients. To us learning is so important to the development of the child that we give tuition hours away to ensure our students return to school not having forgot what they learned in the last month and a half of school but are advanced on what they know.