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Stopping the "summer slide"

The learning does not have to stop even if your kids are not enrolled in summer camp or school. According to WWS Parent University, only 48 percent of parents have heard of the “summer slide,” which occurs when kids lose some of their academic skills when they are not in school. That percentage drops to 38 percent when it comes to the lowest income family. Many parents rely on summer reading programs or educational trips as a way to prevent the summer slide from occurring among their kids. Karen Corekin-DeLaMer from Sister Bay’s Northern Door Children’s Center suggests parents keep some structure to the day similar to if they were in school.

Corekin-DeLaMer says if summer school or camps are not an option, she recommends parents still find a way for their kids to interact with others to keep their social connections active during the upcoming months.

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