Summer is often filled with barbecues, trips to the lake and lemonade stands. ‘Summer brain drain’ happens and it happens quickly, especially with young minds. According to a study released by The Parent Institute, children can lose one to three months of learning over summer break. How can you keep your child’s mind active during summer break? Education Expert Lori Stewart offers a few tips:
- Have older kids journal – and at the end of summer they’ll have a nice keepsake.
- Keep your children engaged with trips to the museum.
- Make a point to play educational-, math- or alphabet-based games.
- Make frequent trips to your local library or book store.
Reading, Reading and more reading. That was the mantra as teachers were sending my girls out the door for summer break. It’s nice to know many public libraries are offering a summer reading program where they encourage young children to read in exchange for prizes given by local businesses.
Meatheads is hoping to reward more than 100,000 students this summer with it’s Voracious Reading Program. This is the third summer the fast casual restaurant has offered the program. “Investing in student programs such as our Voracious Reading Program and Meathead of the Game is a responsibility that our company takes seriously,” said Meatheads Marketing Manager Joe Sanders. “We want to celebrate achievement for students and encourage them to aim high in both academics and sports.”
Parents can log onto the website, print out a reading form and bring it in where their child will receive a free little meathead burger. My kids and I have been frequented the Lombard and Elmhurst locations and they love that Meatheads hands out wiki stix and have delicious milk shakes to wash down the delicious burgers. As a parent, I like that everything is made fresh from 100 percent Angus beef, and you won’t find anything in the freezer except the ice cream! Meatheads has 11 Chicagoland locations so I’m sure you will find one near you just click here. And be sure to take advantage of encouraging your kids to read, write in a journal and if it involves prizes that sweetens the deal! Have a great summer.