Summer Brain Activity

I have seen advertisements on television for various tutoring services that say our children loose a good portion of what they learn during the summer. Do you think that is true and how do I keep that from happening?

We probably can guess that most children forget a lot of what they learned in the previous year during the summer. But I have to admit, I forget what I learned last month! I think the main thing we need to be aware of is making sure our children’s brains stay active. That is the hard part. It is very easy to let them sit in front of the computer or in front of the television and not exercise the muscles in their brain. Here are some tips to help keep your children from becoming brain dead this summer. Then when they forget what they learned, they will be able to retrieve it quickly with a strong brain.

If you do not want to put your child in a “school” typeabc kids setting to promote brain activity during the summer, try to do some simple question and answer type conversations with them. When they watch a movie ask some of the following questions:

1. What was the show/movie about?

2. Did you like the ending? Why?

3. Who do you think was the main character of the movie?

4. What in the movie was the problem they had to deal with?

5. How would you switch the ending?

All of these questions and more are ones they work on in school for comprehending. Just get in the habit of asking those questions.

Also, take your child to the library. It is a cool, free place to go and they may not love to read but we all love “getting something new” and the library makes it feel like you are getting something new. The nice thing about the library as opposed to purchasing books to increase brain activity is that you have to return them by a certain date, so they you have to go back. It is a good thing to do on a regular basis and who knows you may develop a love of reading for your child. Help them find books they will be interested in. Don’t just send them in the room of tons of books and expect them to find a good one. You want reading to be a good experience for them and reading will, without question, promote brain activity.

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