Preventing the Summer Brain Drain

Preventing the Summer Brain Drain

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Kids are out of school and enjoying their summer vacation, but you don't want your kids to forget what they learned during the school year.

It's called the Summer Brain Drain, and according to the National Summer Learning Association, most students lose about two months of reading and math skills over the summer months.

Summer vacation is a time for kids to relax, play and take a break from school. But Dr. Andrew Kemp, an Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction at GRU, said you don't want to give your kids too much time off.

"The brain to me is sort of a muscle. Like any body function, if you don't use it often, it gets weak," said Dr. Kemp. "So you need to make sure you use it as much as you can in as many different ways as possible."

In order to avoid the summer brain drain, grandparents Valarie and Davie Flores said part of it is keeping the kids outside and active.

"Just get them out of the house and away from the video games. Now, they do play the video games, I'm not going to say they don't. but instead of them being couch potatoes we try to keep them active," said Valarie.

"We keep them active in like baseball and softball and activities," David said.

But a little technology isn't always a bad thing. There's apps to help teach younger kids letters and numbers, and you can also take entire classes online.

"Because of technology, there are a lot of exciting things that you can do also. You can do something as simple as going to YouTube and searching for something that you're interested in," said Dr. Kemp.

But the main thing is to find something the kids enjoy.

"I think sometimes parents are like 'We need to do something over the summer.' They want them to something serious. They want then to read literature, they want them to do something with science. But it can be fun things," Dr. Kemp said.

"Find what activities they like, what things they like to do, and nurture that love," said David.

Dr. Kemp also suggests involving your child in a summer camp, and don't be afraid to try something new, whether it's new food, new activities, or traveling to a new location.

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