Doctors encourage kids to learn through playtime over summer breaks

By WEEK Producer

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM CDT

School's out for summer, but it doesn't mean your kids have to stop learning.

A 2011 study by the Rand Corporation found a majority of kids lose about a month's worth of math and reading skills during the summer.

So, doctors suggest turning playtime in the backyard, or a walk through the neighborhood, into a learning experience.

"Look at weather patterns. What's making the rain? What does thunder really mean? When you're going on trips, what are some of the geographic areas you're going to be visiting and what's going on with oceans or mountains?" said Kate Eshleman, Psy. Doctor at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

Another suggestion is to stock up on field guides or books that explain what the kids are learning about in more detail.

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