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to complex, and some are even free. We all experience learning losses


when we don’t engage in any educational activities, so it’s important to continue to stimulate the brain over the break. Also, since children often experience stress and anxiety when getting back into the school routine after summer vacation, participat- ing in learning activities while on break can make the transition smoother! You may be wondering how to get


your children to participate in learning activities while on vacation. First, begin by asking your children about their school year, including what they learned, their favorite classes and what they enjoyed the most about school. T is will start a dialog between you and your kids that will help determine what areas you should focus on during the summer. It’s best to keep the


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conversation simple and allow them to do most of the talking. Learning to express ideas and opinions is important for children as they develop their indepen- dence and social skills. Also, keep in mind that you should not use this talk as an opportunity to punish your kids for bad grades or misbehavior during the school year. Keep the conversation as positive as possible to obtain valuable information. Asking “why” questions will stimulate the conversation, show concern and help you understand the answers your kids provide. Children appreciate someone listening to them and showing concern. T e second thing you can do is sit


down with your kids to develop a list of fun activities. T is is a time to research activities off ered in your area, which may involve summer camps, local museums,


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