Summer Vacation Doesn’t Mean That Children Stop Learning

Some kids strive to completely avoid anything that resembles school work during the summer months, but one expert says it means they’ll likely need weeks to get back into the swing next fall. Emily Hayden, a professor of literacy education at Iowa State University, suggests parents help their children to avoid the “summer slide” by incorporating learning into summertime activities.

Whatever interests your kid, there’s probably a book about it — from bugs to cars and from bikes to cooking. When her daughter was younger, Hayden says they’d venture to the library or the bookstore to “test drive” some topics during the summer.

Hayden is a former elementary school teacher and says today’s grade school teachers -do- still offer their students summer reading lists.

It’s okay to choose summer selections with lots of pictures and less text, she says, if it can nudge the child into pleasure reading. Hayden also suggests packing a journal during summer vacation so kids can write about their experiences and include photos.

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