Beat the Summer Brain Drain

AOL consumer advisor Regina Lewis joined us with simple tips to help keep their kids learning over the summer:

  • Setting Limits: As it is, kids easily get out of their normal routines over the summer in terms of overall “screen time” – between the computer, the TV and video games.  Regina offers simple steps to help parents easily – and discreetly – set limits on media use.
  • Liven Up the Library: Nothing beats a trip to the library, but sometimes you end up walking in circles trying to decide what books to check out.  Regina has the scoop on a new site that helps kids create personal reading lists, and encourages reading with Online quizzes – and prizes!
  • For the Younger Crowd: “Brain games” are great for kids, and this free, award-winning site provides 100 computer games that teach more than 27 skills such as phonics, math, language and more. Most importantly, kids learn in a safe environment without advertisements and distractions. 
  • Math & Money Matters: Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills over summer months. Keep kids ahead of the curve with a site that offers something for everyone, and an online community where parents assign real-world chores and reward their kids with virtual currency to help them understand money management.
  • Learning to Give Back: Turn Web surfing into support for a great cause. A new site encourages kids to make and upload their own videos to share stories of how they plan to make a difference or take action in their community.
  • Lesson Plans From Everyday Tasks: From mapping out your family vacation to budgeting and planning for a trip to the grocery store, everyday activities can become a learning experience. Regina has some simple ideas to turn your next errand into an academic adventure.

For more information, visit Regina's website.

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