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Tips to reduce summer learning loss

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Experts say that most children suffer from what they call "learning loss" over the summer, forgetting some of the things they learned in school over the past year as they shut their brains down and spend all of their time just lazing around. However, Jodi Donkin, Principal of Kalamazoo's Paramount Academy, says there are five simple things you can do with your kids this season to slow that learning loss.

Number one -- read with them. Donkin says you can keep a kid's mind sharp simply by making sure they're always reading something, and then talking about it with them. Another tip -- try to mix some math in with your child's daily activities. For example, have them add up the cost of things on your grocery list to get the total, or play card games with them. Also, make sure your child plays outside a lot...find ways to make him or her write, say to a penpal...and find a way for him or her to do a good deed every day. Donkin says that keeps their attitude positive, which is helpful to learning in the classroom.

She says that these five steps are simple ways to keep the child's mind busy whiel he or she still has a fun summer.