By Jan Pease
As a younger mom, I didn’t understand how much students lost over the summer. We always tried to get out daughter outside and doing. She seemed to do all right in school, and usually tested right at grade level. Now that I know that students usually lose about 2.6 months of math advancement over the summer, I know that I should have been very diligent about that during the summer. Reading wasn’t as much of an issue at our house, because when our daughter discovered our treasure trove of history books, she read at a college level without knowing it. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
Please give your children the gift of experiences this summer. Visits to the library, to museums, to parks, to plays or musicals, talking to older people in your family all provide rich memories that will stay in the hearts of your children forever.