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libraries and local bookstores. Allow your children to express their thoughts and ideas about what they would enjoy. Re- member to keep your children’s attention focused by redirecting the conversation as needed. Here are some activities to make learning fun. • Use the captions when watching TV. It’s not often that you get a recom- mendation to turn on the television. However, having it on with captions in- stead of volume is a great way to practice reading. Your children can read while watching their favorite shows. T is is a free learning activity that doesn’t require much from you as the parent. • Initiate dinnertime discussions. T e dinner table is an excellent spot for sharing ideas and having family conversa- tions. Every day your kids can discuss


what they learned from the day’s activities. • Get a library card. A popular, classic summertime learning activity is making a trip to the local library. Most have fun ac- tivities and programs scheduled through- out the summer. Your kids can check out a book a week that you can discuss at dinner. Research has shown that reading while on summer break can keep kids from regressing and losing reading skills. Check with your local library or its Web site for information on what is off ered. • Take your kids shopping. Going grocery shopping is another learning opportunity. Your children could add the cost of each item as you place it in the shopping cart. Younger kids can count the number of items being placed into the cart. You could take it a step further and have your older child plan and shop for dinner with a predetermined budget.


Farmers markets and even the local grocery are places kids can learn about fresh pro- duce as well as the family budget


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