FOX 11 parenting contributor: Preventing the 'Summer Slide' in kids

- Kids everywhere are counting down to summer -- and sneaking up behind those lazy days is the "Summer Slide."

That's when kids have a loss of learning, mostly in reading and math.

There's lots of research to indicate it, and up to three months of learning can be lost.

First Lady Michelle Obama is a huge advocate of getting kids to keep up with learning even during the summer. She has talked numerous times about this topic.

Tips on reducing the so-called Summer Slide:

-Explain Summer Slide to kids

-Make learning fun

-Summer reading book basket

-Recruit a "travel agent" (maps/budget/critical thinking)

-Learn a new word each week

-Enter a writing contest

-Summer reading list/ math apps (ask your teacher)

You can find Donna Tetreault at DonnaTetreault.comFacebook and Twitter @donnatetreault.

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