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Keeping Kids Sharp During the Summer

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

In days school hallways will empty for the Summer. That leads to the challenge of filling kids schedules with activities that are fun but can keep their academic skills sharp.

"For those students who are readers and writers there are many things you can get them involved in: getting them a library card, making sure they have lots of reading material at home. You can get them to journal. If you're doing vacations or different activities that they're involved in, sports camps," said Beth Zunic, a guidance counselor at Maine-Endwell.

The Maine-Endwell school district website has information on camps, tutoring, and volunteer opportunities.

"Volunteering is a great way to go. It also builds their portfolio to carry with them through high school. Obviously it's free and you're giving back to the community," said Marisa Maney, a Maine-Endwell Guidance Counselor.

"I really encourage folks to not lose the chance for a teachable moment. If they see or visit an historic place for example take that as a chance to talk about things that may have happened in the past," said Dr. Michael Lavin from the Lourdes Center for Mental Health.

While traveling and camps can be great experiences for kids, there are lower- and no-cost options as well.

"The local libraries are often a great source of up-to-date activities and learning and they're air conditioned," said Dr. Lavin.

"Going to the movies and maybe writing up a little review of what they saw. Maybe getting them the book associated with the movie," said Zunic.

Experts say staying sharp during the Summer can pay dividends when students return in September.

"Yeah, you can just tell from the enthusiasm when they came through the door and they're talking to their friends about the different activities, things they've done for the Summer," said Zunic.

One tip from a professor at Duke University? Talk to the teacher in your child's next grade. find out what books your child might read over the summer to be prepared for the coming year.


****In Broome County, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****

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