Preventing summer brain drain

With a month left of summer, it's not too late from preventing your kids from experiencing summer brain drain.

Studies suggest kids who don't read over the summer can experience up to two months of loss from their previous school year.

"It's kind of like starting a race 50 feet back. Everybody else gets started and you have to run a little harder and a little faster to catch up," said Stephanie Leonard-Witte, Assistant Superintendent for Sun Prairie School District.

Ways to keep you kids' brains active during summer can be reading together, playing learning games together, calculating elapsed time while traveling, planning a grocery store budget and adding fractions while cooking.

"It doesn't have to be just time set aside sitting at a table with one another... the applied learning can make it fun," Leonard-Witte said.

Mom Hillary Lobenstein is a teacher and knows what it's like in the classroom when kids experience brain drain after summer break.

"Sometimes the kids have forgotten how to do some things like really basic writing skills," she said.

Lobenstein tries to take time everyday to do learning exercises with her kids. Recently, they did a science experiment together with neighborhood kids.

"I want to make sure they're ready to go in the fall," she said.

Leonard-Witte says it's not too late to make sure your kids are ready come the first day of school.

"It's never too late. Pick up a book, pick up a magazine, pick up anything and start reading. There is a lot of research around that it doesn't matter what kids are reading as long as they're reading," she said.


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