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Fighting the 'Summer Slide'

Fighting the 'Summer Slide'

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - School is out for the summer in the La Crosse School District, and one of the things teachers worry about is the 'summer slide.'

When students stop regularly using skills like math and reading, they tend to fall behind. That means classes are left playing catch-up for the first few weeks of school.

Experts say there are things you can do during the summer to make sure your child stays up to speed.

"Have your child read about 10 to 15 minutes every day. Ways to do that are to read by example, show your child your love for reading and they will follow the example," says instructional coach Melissa Ender. "Bring your book with when you go to the pool, so when they have that break time, you can jump out of the pool and dry off for a little bit and do a little bit of reading."

Parents looking to keep their kids reading can also think out of the box for reading opportunities. For example, while on vacation, parents can have their kids read travel brochures while they're at the hotel.

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