As a result, achievement scores in math and reading fall during this time, according to research. It’s known as the “summer slide.” It doesn’t have to be that way. Plan learning activities this summer so your child will be better prepared for school in the fall. Try these ideas to help your child retain and build skills:
Encourage your child to keep a summer journal. Set aside a certain time each day for him to write.
Teach your child keyboarding skills. If you don’t have a computer at home, do this at the library.
Play with water. Use measuring cups at the beach or pool to estimate and measure volume. Introduce words like funnel, volume and weight.
Learn while traveling. Get a map and let your child help mark the route. Ask him to check the price of gas and how many gallons you’re putting in your car. Have him read road signs and announce speed limits as they change.
Take your child to the library once a week. Let him select books, but guide his choices so he doesn’t take home books below his reading level. Ask the librarian for advice.
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