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06/02/2014
 If you are a parent of a school aged child, you have certainly heard something about Summer "Brain Drain". This is a well documented and researched phenomenon where students lose as much as two to three months of learning over the summer. Just to be clear, that's not pausing in learning, that's lost learning. At the begninning of each year teachers are often forced to spend weeks or months going back an reteaching old material to help students catch back up.

So what can you do? There are a lot of options. For one, you can let your kids have some fun. Stopping learning loss doesn't have to be a complete chore. You can find losts of local summer camps and clubs that do everything from robotics to theater that will help your children keep their brains working. Try to find camps that have educational themes, like reading, math or writing. Well prepared camps can often provide you a list of learning goals in addition to their entertainment goals.

Also, don't be afraid to make them work a little. Staying ahead academically is too critical to let a little complaining get in the way. Sure, we all love summer break, but falling behind other students, and starting the year with a learning deificit can take months of recovery. Spending a couple of hours each week in a tutoring or academic enrichment program can mean the difference between starting the year behind, struggling to keep up, and starting the year ahead, making the whole year easier to deal with. 

However you decide to deal with Summer "Brain Drain", make sure it's at the top of your priority list. Starting in August may be too late.
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