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Tips on How to Keep Kids' Minds Active Through the Summer

School is almost out for many local students, but experts say that learning should not stop when school does.
While the beginning of summer is just a few days away for most local students, educators say its important to not let children turn their brains off to learning.

Educator Donna Warren says that she can tell a difference each fall between the children that have been active and have continued to learn and the kids that likely spent a lot of time in front of the television. She explains saying, "Kids that have have been really active and doing other things always show up ready to learn."

Bonham Elementary Instructional Coordinator, Teri Corbett, explains that it's not uncommon for teachers to notice regression in students from end of year tests to the following fall."So sometimes that data will see a change, their reading level will have gone down, or maybe they aren't as clear with their math facts, or things like that. So we can see it because its kind of documented for us."

Continuing education through the summer may sound like a nightmare to some kids, but experts say that summer learning should be fun.

"I don't necessarily want everyone to go out and buy a bunch of workbooks and make them sit with a pencil and paper. It is summer and its a good time to relax and have a different schedule, but just to think about learning in a different way and make it fun," explains Corbett.

In fact, some educators believe that being outdoors and socializing with other children is of higher importance than traditional educational activities. "I think its more important, that is my perspective. I like the engage and the activity and keeping them active," explains educator Kathy Hambrick.

One mom says she tries to spend as much time outdoors with her child, even when her to-do list is lengthy. "You know take the time when you get home, don't worry so much about having a clean house or taking care of some of those little things that can wait, just get outdoors with them and play with them as well," says Kendra Hassell.

To find out more about the Abilene Public Library's Summer Programs, click here.
Click here to learn more about the City of Abilene's Summer Camps.
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