Keeping your child's brain active over the summer can help them be better prepared when school starts in September. Laura Dillon with Oregon Connections Academy says she's seen a difference in kids that stay engaged in learning. "I know from being a teacher for over 15 years and having my own kids; that if there isn't some active learning going on and some purposeful activities going on over the summer, even just a couple of time a week, then there is loss of those skills and concepts that have been taught over the school year."
Dillion says even just reading together a few times a week is helpful. Or take advantage of current events, such as the election this yea0,r and make a game of researching how elections work. The Oregon Connections Academy website has more tips and ideas. We have a link on our "Links" page.