When they return to school in September, they have forgotten many of the things they worked so hard to learn last year.

It’s not hard to see why. Athletes and musicians who don’t practice can’t play as well as those who keep their skills sharp. Neither can students.

Summer learning can be fun for the whole family. Here are some informal ways to help your child keep learning over the summer:

  • Read with your child every day. Read aloud. Have your child read to you.

  • Visit the library regularly. Look for special summer reading programs for kids.

  • Plant a garden. See how seeds develop into plants.

  • Start a neighborhood newsletter. Or have your child interview older family members and write a family history.

  • Read newspapers together. Talk about what’s going on in your town or in the world.

  • Look for everyday ways you use math. Ask your child to figure out how much your grocery order should cost. Get him to keep track of how many miles your car runs on a gallon of gas.

  • Read maps and make maps of your own. Have your child make a map of your neighborhood.

  • Try an ethnic restaurant. Visit new countries on the Internet.

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