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Experts offer advice on avoiding children from regressing

Updated: 06/20/2014 6:13 PM | Created: 06/20/2014 5:43 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

All day they're playing outside, swimming in the pool, or playing video games. It's summer break, after all. But is this helping your kids stay on track for next fall?

"You know, research indicates that kids actually slide or regress maybe four to almost six months," Hollie Lovely from New Mexico PBS said.

That regression is commonly known as the "Summer Slide." Lovely says the brain is like a muscle: Use it or lose it.

"If they're not constantly reading, doing vocabulary, talking, doing just basic learning, counting activities they can actually regress," Lovely said.

Now, this doesn't mean they have to have to be glued to the books all summer. Just make it fun.

Take reading, for example. The Children's Reading Foundation suggests 20 minutes every day. It keeps their already-acquired skills sharp and helps them stay focused.

And math? Well, this one could be done anywhere. Driving around? Talk to them about distance and time, easy things you can do to help your kid stay on track.

For more information on summer learning programs, visit http://www.newmexicopbs.org/educate/child-development and http://www.pbs.org/parents.


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