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Tips for parents to encourage kids to learn after summer break

Summer break is typically a time for kids to kick back, indulge in a little extra screen time, play outside and embrace the kind of freedom that only comes with being young and having zero responsibilities. But how does that affect kids now that they’re back in school?  

The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. Although the summer slide may not have affected every student, the general principle is one that can be observed in all sorts of situations.  

Sylvan Learning Center Director Hannah Wampler joined us Thursday on “Life.Style.Live!” with some tips for kids now back in school.

  • Have your child read for at least 20 minutes every day 
  • Spend time cooking together 
  • Explore different kinds of reading material like picture books, chapter books and magazines 
  • Make use of your local library 
  • Listen to audiobooks on summer car trips 
  • Read aloud with your children daily 
  • Review skills with fun, hands-on review activities 
  • Engage in meaningful conversation and help build your child’s vocabulary 
  • Enjoy a new hobby! 


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