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Summer break often welcomes mental break.  But, Jaime Flynn, owner of The Learning Center of Kingston, reassures that “keeping your child educationally stimulated during the summer months will not only help avoid the loss of one to three months of learning, but will provide him a jump start into the new school year.”

READING

Encourage your child to meet your school’s summertime reading requirements.  Visit the library to find books on his list and set a goal for how many books he will read.  A simple goal provides huge inspiration.  And, don’t stop at having your child just read the book…help him become immersed in the book.  Discuss plots, characters, settings, likes and dislikes.  In addition, many libraries offer summer reading programs with various incentives for completed reading.

WRITING

Children can write postcards while on summer vacation, send emails to grandparents, help write the grocery list.  The Victoria Chart Company, a leading developer of children’s reward charts, has created a fun way to encourage writing during summer break.

‘My Vacation Journal’ is a 20 page activity book that encourages your child to write, draw, color and collect. Writing about daily events in a journal helps your child to organize his thoughts and to put those thoughts into words. See our NEPA Family News page for a promotional discount code.

ARITHMETIC

Add a nightly math problem to your bedtime story routine.  Bedtime Math is a non-profit that sends out daily e-mails with suggested math problems for "wee ones" (preschoolers who count on fingers), little kids and big kids. The math problems are meant to be solved in your child’s head (no flash cards that invite math anxiety) and promote both giggles and mathematical thought.

Each nightly problem can be received by e-mail or can be read on their website.  Visit bedtimemath.org.

Simple, everyday activities will naturally engage your children in math.  Recruit his help in measuring ingredients for a recipe, have him count the change in his piggy bank and allocate a percentage of it for charity.  These tasks will help teach far more than math skills!

Academic regression is real, but it’s easy to incorporate ‘lessons’ into everyday summer activities to change the regression into progression. For more creative summertime learning tips, seeour exclusive online School’s Out but Learning is Still In article.

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