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Published on July 25, 2013

Avoid the Summer Brain Drain

Keep kids sharp when school is out

It’s not a myth: research shows that students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer vs. the beginning of the summer. Don’t let all of their (and your) hard work go to waste when class is dismissed.

There are small—even FUN—things you can do over the summer months to keep their minds in tip-top shape: 

  • Take a (field) trip: Field trips are the best part of the school year, and can be just as educational over the summer. Hit a local museum that you’ve been too busy to check out. Community festivals are plentiful during the summer months, and offer a glimpse into different cultures. Be a tourist in your own town with a visit to a historical site or state park. Take advantage of educational programs at the zoo. No matter where you go, ask your child to write a short report or journal entry that recaps their experience and what they learned.
  • Start a family book club: Whether you read together or independently, choose a book for the whole family to tackle and discuss. Regroup once a week over snacks or ice cream to talk about it. Need help with a struggling reader? The Dean Foundation Reading Center helps kids with reading challenges.
  • Keep a summer journal: Preserve summer memories while working on organization and creative skills by making a journal with photos, mementos and written observations from your summer adventures.
    Do you have tips for preventing summer brain drain? Share your ideas with us below!
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