Prevent summer brain drain

Help your child keep learning all summer long

For children who are returning to school, a successful transition to school lies not only in the establishment of the school routine or familiarizing your child with school day routines but also keeping what’s learned from going unlearned!

Once those books close in June don’t keep them closed until September, or your child can lose valuable reading and math skills already mastered. This can mean the early months of school are a time spent catching up and not moving ahead.

You don’t have to sit your child down at a desk for hours to help him retain the skills he mastered last year. Rather, visit the library and take out books about summer adventures; visit historic sites or take trips to other states (let’s hope gas doesn’t reach $6 a gallon).

You also can serve as a model for year-round learning by bringing a book to the pool or when relaxing in the yard and encouraging your child to do the same.

Paul Schwartz, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh. He is available for group speaking engagements. He can be reached at