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How to Curtail Summer Learning Loss

This article is part 8 of 10 in the column Simple Words

Leave behind the morning routines, after-school activities, and weekend games: summer is here!

Forget about tears at school pickups and about meltdowns during homework. Now is the time to relax and enjoy the sun. But don’t throw the schoolbooks out the window just yet.

While summer break is an excellent time for all children to recharge their batteries, a long break from academics can result in learning losses both in reading and math. Read more

Strong Demand for Summer Camp Despite Rising Prices

These days deciding where to send your child for summer camp can give parents almost as much anguish as the all-important choice of college.

Is computer camp an investment in future success? Will a summer spent away from home offer enough benefits, like team-building and self-reliance, to justify the price tag? These are questions parents from diverse financial backgrounds are asking as they consider their children’s options for fun, friendship, and learning.

The practice of sending kids away from home to experience the joys of fresh air, starry skies, and activities beyond the routine wasn’t always egalitarian. In fact, the first official summer camp for children began in the 1880s specifically to address the effects of upper-class privilege. Read more

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