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School is out for the summer but a lack of learning opportunities can leave kids behind when they head back to school next year.

The organization Save the Children is offering advice on how parents and caregivers can include learning into everyday activities. It is also providing events to help kids in rural areas.

Amee Barlet, Washington state program specialist for Save the Children, said parents are kids’ first and most important teachers and they can help children learn in many different situations.

“Cooking, and this is good for all ages, getting kids in the kitchen,” Barlet suggested. “When you’re doubling a recipe it’s a really important way of talking about fractions, adding fractions. They’re using measuring cups.”

Barlet noted for younger kids, parents can pick a letter and ask kids to find things starting with the letter. She added families can look into their family history, and parents and caregivers can make books more fun by drawing characters from them or acting them out.

Barlet pointed out Washington is one state where Save the Children is holding Make Summer Fair events, which is giving kids in rural areas learning opportunities.

“There’s many wonderful things about growing up in a rural community,” Barlet explained. “There’s lots to offer. But one thing that we know is that rural communities are often underresourced when it comes to providing structured learning activities over the summer, leaving kids kind of at a loss.”

Yolanda Minor, early learning specialist for Save the Children, had advice for parents who are looking to incorporate learning into the summer.

“Let them know to make it fun for children,” Minor urged. “We want children to foster a love for reading and not think that these engagements are chores or anything.”

Featured photo: Reading during the summer can help children combat learning loss. (Samuel B./Adobe Stock)