Preventing Summer Brain Drain

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – Summer is fun for kids, they love being out of school. But you don’t want their brains to turn to mush. Research shows that students can lose one to three months of learning over the summer. You want to make sure your kids minds are still active and that they are still learning over the summer.

Some simple steps can keep your kids mind active:

- Use the newspaper:  the daily paper has a Jumble and a crossword puzzle both word games. Papers also have Sudoku to exercise the math side of the brain

- Go to your local library:  free information on any subject you can imagine; this can be more interesting and exciting for students to practice reading this way

- Watch Jeopardy:   Disguises itself as the best game show on TV but is also incredibly educational and good for remembering facts about history, culture.

- Learn something new: A musical instrument, a hobby, a card game, a board game like chess or backgammon

- Summer Vacations:  Read up on the history of where you’re traveling to; find out about historical sites, things the area is known for, etc. to exercise reading, research, history, etc.

- Pursue an interest: everybody has interests, do something you don’t have time for during the school year

- 20 minutes a day: parents should encourage their children to exercise their brain in one of these ways every day for 20 minutes      in the summer as well as the school year

- Learning is a lifetime activity:  Learning should take place everyday, everywhere not just in a classroom

Students interested in seeking learning outside of the classroom should connect with tutors before just the big exam; practice regularly once a week or once a month to make sure you really comprehend and absorb materials.

 

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