The lazy days of summer are meant to be enjoyable, but it’s no surprise they can also be a drain on a child’s education.

  • On average, kids lose more than two months of math and science knowledge during the summer.
  • Teachers spend an average of 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching basic skills taught the previous year.

Luckily, boosting kids’ brain power doesn’t have to mean hitting the books all summer – it can actually be fun. “It’s important to keep children’s minds active during the hazy days of summer,” said John Holdren, SVP of Content and Curriculum for K12, a leader in online learning for grades K through 12. “There are plenty of everyday activities-games, puzzles, books, projects-as well as flexible online courses that can help kids catch up, stay sharp, or get ahead, while still leaving plenty of time for fun in the sun.”

Tips for Parents

  • Talk about topics that interest your kids and find books that match. Reading just 4 to 5 books over the summer can prevent reading loss.

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