Ah, summertime. Adults and children alike look forward to the slower, more relaxed pace of summer. There’s just something about the warmer weather and longer hours of daylight that make the season a little more special. And for kids, the break from school and homework is the highlight of the year.
But, a three-month break from school, however much fun, isn’t always the best for children’s reading skills. Most experts agree that kids who don’t read over the summer fall behind their classmates who do. According to Study.com, reading not only keeps literacy skills sharp, it also allows kids to gain knowledge, and it helps them to develop and maintain critical thinking skills https://study.com/blog/why-is-summer-reading-so-important-for-kids-success.html.
So how do parents bridge the gap between keeping the less stress summer vibe alive and making sure their kids don’t backslide academically? Below are some fun suggestions that will keep your kids moving forward academically without stifling the summer fun.
Hopefully these suggestions will keep your kids engaged academically while they are away from the classroom, and also provide some fun for your entire family. Above all, enjoy the fleeting summer season, and keep reading!
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Kelly McIntire is a New Hampshire-based author specializing in children's fiction and family topics.