Each summer, parents look for ways to combat “summer brain drain,” which occurs when children lose some of the knowledge they gained during the school year because they’re not regularly exercising their brains. According to research from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, students typically lose one to two months of reading and math skills during summer break.
“Children’s brains develop at a remarkable pace, and don’t take a break from learning just because school is out,” says neuroscientist Dr. Lise Eliot, an early childhood development expert and author. “Parents should offer children fun experiences that encourage learning and exploration, allowing them to absorb new skills and expand their knowledge.”
Here are some ideas:
- Look for teachable moments
- Use learning toys
- Plan educational outings
- Encourage savings
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