Topic 07-06-18: Keeping Students On Track During the Summer

The heat is officially on and summer is finally here! That usually means lots of trips to the park, summer getaways, late nights, and lots of sleeping. But where does learning fit into the summer picture?

We’ve all heard the statistics about the average student loses nearly 30 percent of their school learning over the summer. How do we prevent the so-called summer slide and still give our kids a summer break?  Studies show that reading four to five books over the summer has a positive impact comparable to summer school enrollment.  Experts say this also gives your child a chance to choose books that he or she is interested in, keeping the activity fun and interesting too!  Here are a few pointers from our guest experts:

Dr. Cherie Ward-Educational Expert

 

Tyran Stallings- Executive Director of DAD, which stands for Directing Adolescent Development Initiative  www.dadinitiative.com

  • Tyran Stallings

    Encourage more reading.

  • Enjoy family game nights.
  • Make vacations educational.

    Dr. Cherie Ward

  • Look for science moments.
  • Encourage your children to connect with other children.
  • Cook with your children.
  • Play school with your children
  • Teach about money, stocks and bonds
  • Send your kids — and yourself! — to camp
  • Establish chores with a purpose

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