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How to Prevent the Elementary School "Summer Slide"

The ending of a school year often leaves parents wondering how they can keep their child’s academic and physical skills sharp during the summer months.

Two great resources to check out are your local library, and your local Parks and Recreation Department.

Most town libraries have a specific summer reading program geared to school age children. In my school district the library offers a themed program that runs all summer. The reading program contains good variety and various incentives to keep children reading. It includes story times, movies, arts and crafts and more.

City or town playground activities help promote physical fitness as well as arts and crafts opportunities, swimming and special events.

Summer is also a great time to give your child an allowance and opportunities to earn money doing small jobs. Talk to your child about budgeting, or saving for an item that the child wants to purchase. One suggestion is to make sure the allowance amount contains coins (for example $4. 92) so that your child is continuing to recognize and count different coins.

Be sure to read my blog during the summer months as I plan to share many fun games and activities to help children keep their learned skills sharp!

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#2 Clay Boggess 2010-06-22 13:52
These are all great ideas. I look forward to hearing more. We must continue to keep our students engaged in both physical and mental activities as well as teach them why these things are important.
#1 Alexis Avila 2010-06-21 22:10
These are my suggestions for avoiding summer brain slide.


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