Summer Brain Drain

School's out for summer, but it doesn't mean your kids have to stop learning.

Child psychologists say you can turn almost any summer activity into a learning experience.

"You integrate it into fun activities. So, things that you're already doing; playing outside, going on trips- make those activities educational," Kate Eshleman, Psy.D., said.

A 2011 study by the Rand Corporation found a majority of kids lose about a month's worth of math and reading skills during the summer.

Experts recommend turning playtime in the backyard, or a walk through the neighborhood into a learning experience.

Find things for them to measure, or add up.

You can also point out rock formations on a visit to the park, or even talk about the weather.

"Look at weather patterns. What's making the rain? What does thunder really mean? When you're going on trips, what are some of the geographic areas you're going to be visiting and what's going on with oceans or mountains," Dr. Eshleman said.

Try stocking up on field guides or books that explain, in more detail, what the kids are learning about.

You can also plan ahead and book trips to places like a nature center, or even an out of town zoo.


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