Summer is upon us, and for parents, planning days without structure and a schedule isn’t always easy. The end of the school year doesn’t mean that learning and brain-building activities need to come to a halt. Research shows that kids lose approximately 22 percent of their academic skills over the summer.
Parents don’t need to resort to books and worksheets to keep children’s minds sharp either. There are many free and creative ways to help kids discover that learning is fun and can happen in any summer setting without feeling like they’re being taught a lesson. As little as a half an hour a day can help close learning gaps and strengthen academic skills without cutting into too much summer fun.