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Many parents are concerned that their children seem to lose some of the skills that they have learned during the school year while they enjoy their summer vacations. While some loss may be unavoidable, there are some things that parents can do to help their kid’s skills stay fresh during the long summer break. The tips that follow are just a few ideas to get you started. You will likely be able to use them as a jumping off point for more ideas of your own.
To keep reading skills sharp over the summer, make use of your local public library. While these buildings are a great place to find books of almost every type that will suit people of every age and interest, many also offer a variety of different reading programs for all ages. These reading programs typically reward kids for reading books during the summer. For each book that they read, kids are give a prize of some sort. If your child is too young to read alone, you can read to him for the summer reading program.
Math skills can be kept sharp by using a variety of different games. Card games can be used in order to practice a number of different math skills without kids even realizing that they are learning. Games such as War help a child to learn number recognition. You can also tailor the game so that your child practices her addition skills by having her choose two cards and adding them together. The player with the highest sum wins the round.