Common Sense Media parenting expert Caroline Knorr answers questions about parenting, media, and everything in between.
Q: How do I make sure my kids don't lose knowledge and skills over the summer?
A: Summer slide -- when kids forget what they learned from the school year -- is pretty common. Here are a few ways to keep kids skills up over the summer.
- Keep kids reading. Kids who read a lot over the summer not only maintain reading skills, they go back to school better prepared for all subjects. Make summer reading fun. They can read graphic novels, fan fiction -- anything that captures their interests is beneficial.
And remember, it's OK -- in fact, it's beneficial -- for kids to get bored, too. Downtime encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity and develop their inner selves -- essential skills they can use all their lives.
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