Hudson Valley Parent

HVP July 2018

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14 Hudson Valley Parent n July 2018 Beat summer slide, join a summer reading program According to the Scholastic Book Company, school aged kids should read at least six books over the course of the summer to avoid the summer slide. If your child isn't reading yet, don't worry. Reading out loud to your child at any age helps expose them to new vocabulary and builds their comprehension skills. During the summer my kids write in a journal about their summer adventures and we exchange letters with a pen pal. This year we are signing up for a summer reading program at our local library. Milena Barrett of New Paltz takes advantage of the summer library programs with By ROXANNE FERBER S ummer break frees us from the constant onslaught of homework, class projects and rigid schedules. It's nice to relax the routine a little, lounge around the pool and end the night gathered around the fire. You may be familiar with longer days and s'mores, but are you familiar with the "summer slide?" No, it isn't found in any theme park. It's the dreaded brain drain of information that happens to kids during the months off from school. Just like athletes practice each week to keep their skills sharp, kids need to practice what they've learned during the school year. her two sons. "My boys also loved the summer reading programs at the library where they read and bring in their hours for prizes," says Barrett. If your library doesn't host a summer reading program there are programs available through Barnes & Noble, Pizza Hut and Chuck E. Cheese. When the summer fun calls, kids tend to avoid anything that feels like school. But reading today doesn't necessarily have to include a physical book. Download audiobooks or pop a book on CD into the car player. Trudy Michelin of Coeymans Hollow uses her family's time in the car to keep the lessons rolling. "We always have something New Paltz mom Milena Barrett says her boys love summer reading programs. They take educational trips as a family to local museums. Brain drain busting bonding time is a win-win! Sneak learning into summer fun Stress-free ways to bust brain drain

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