For traditional calendar students, we're about half way through summer break.
Some kids have been plowing through reading lists, marking up the pages in workbooks, going to educational camps and not slacking on academic efforts. For others, it's been all pool, sun and fun.
Experts say that kids who don't do at least a little reading during the summer can suffer from the summer slide, losing a month or more of knowledge that was acquired during the past school year. But that doesn't mean that kids should skip the pool and stay home sorting through flash cards. It actually doesn't take that much for kids to keep up with what they learned at school.
Time magazine just had an interesting article about summer learning loss, who is at risk and how to prevent it. The answer: Just reading a four or five books of a child's choice during the summer can make a huge difference. Scholastic.com has some good tips for keeping kids reading all summer. And don't forget all of the region's summer reading programs.
My grade schooler loves to read. She has her nose in a book a lot of the time. And she's going to a couple of academic camps of her choosing. With my preschooler, we continue to read lots of books to her each day. And with both, I've made an effort to play a board game or complete a puzzle with them most days.
A friend requires her kids to complete several workbook pages a day during summer break. At my house, we focus more on summer experiences than workbooks or flash cards. Most weeks (thanks to the requirements of this job), we spend time at local museums, historic sites and other venues too.
How do you encourage your kids to read and keep learning all summer long?
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