Pennsylvania – What have your kids been doing this summer? Hopefully, along with all of the fun they’re having, they’re still continuing to learn.

However, David Crusoe from the Boys and Girls Club of America says that most kids lose some of the skill, like math and reading, over the summer.

The nearest Boys and Girls Club is in St. Marys, but you can also check your local library, YMCA, or parenting group for other great activities to keep your child’s brain working over the summer.

Preventing summer slide with fun activities:

  • Have your child read something alone or with you at least once a day, even if it is just a small article or short story.
  • Incorporate reading, math, and science into your everyday activities. Learning a new recipe can be great for this!
  • Learn a new word! Expand your vocabulary and your child’s.
  • Spell out words or do math problem with chalk on your sidewalk.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt. This can help with you child’s reading, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Go shopping and learn about money. Add things up, count out change, and even learn social skills by talking with the cashier.
  • Visit a museum, library, park, science center, zoo, or historical site.

The start dates for school in our area:

Thursday, Aug. 23 – DuBois Christian Schools, Johnsonburg, Ridgway, St. Marys

Monday, Aug. 27 – Clearfield

Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Brockway, Brookville, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DuBois Central Catholic

Wednesday, Aug. 29 – Curwensville, Keystone, Redbank Valley

Tuesday, Sept. 4 – Clarion ASD

Monday, Sept. 10 – Punxsutawney

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