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Published on July 07, 2017

Avoid the Summer Slide

Keep kids sharp when school is out

It's important to give kids downtime in the summer, but too much time playing video games or watching TV can lead to the "summer slide." Make sure you're building in a healthy mix of relaxation and educational fun during summer months.

There are small things you can do over the summer months to keep kids' minds in tip-top shape:

  • Take a (field) trip: Field trips 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 picking a book? The Madison Public Library offers "Don't Miss Lists" each month.

  • 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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