Act now to keep your child sharp over the summer - KCTV5

Act now to keep your child sharp over the summer

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The calendar still says winter, but you should act now to make sure your children don't fall behind over the course of their summer break.

The long summer break means kids often forget quite a bit of what they spent months learning during the course of a school year. Keeping brains and bodies active can help.

Katrina Ball of the Family Conservancy said children can lose two months of knowledge over the course of the summer.

Parents can sign their children up for camps to help combat this and teach children new skills. 

"You want to keep their minds busy. You want to keep them engaged in activity. You want to encourage them to do new things that maybe they haven't done before," Ball said.

A camp debuting this summer is a circus arts camp that's more than just fun and games. Participants will learn concentration and other skills.

"A lot of arts camps can really help your kids over the summer," said Kara Armstrong, director of arts education for Kansas City Young Audiences. "it helps build teamwork and collaboration. Those are skills that are really important for them in school and in life. It also keeps their imagination going and it keeps them engaged and thinking critically and learning new skills."

The Family Conservancy's Summer Camp Guide can be found at area libraries and feature information on 700 camps in 30 countries.

Scholarships are also available since camps can be pricey. If your child can't attend a summer camp, make sure they are reading or you are reading to them and practice flash cards.

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