There's nothing kids look forward to more than summer vacation. But summer can also be a prime time for the summer slide -- when grade school students forget some of the reading and math skills they learned during the school year, according to the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL).
That learning gap forces teachers to play catch-up when school starts again in the fall.
"Parents can play critical roles in ensuring children maintain their academic skills in reading and other subjects over the summer," says Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president of NCFL. "The key is to associate learning with fun activities."