The tips include:
• Read with your child but be careful what you chose. Select a book that is on a higher grade level than your child has achieved but make sure it’s not too difficult to read. Then buy two copies, for both of you to read and talk about.
• Watch movies. You can also watch dialogue-based movies with your children such as “Lincoln” and talk about the vocabulary they use. Then follow up by using the words with your kids and trying to get them to use the words too.
• Attending a summer camp is a great way to prevent summer slide if you choose the right one. Academic camps like computer camps, math camps, and drama camps are best for educational growth. Many traditionally oriented camps with mostly outdoor activities are now incorporating an academic component into their daily schedule of activities.
• Prepare for the content areas of the SAT and ACT. Prepping for standardized tests over the summer teaches students what they need to know for the tests so test preparation won’t interfere with school assignments during the fall. If teenagers wait until right before they take the tests to prepare, they won’t have the time needed to learn everything they need to know, especially the hundreds of vocabulary words required for high scores.
Mark Boshnack is a staff reporter for The Daily Star. Contact him at email@example.com