The Learning Doesn't End
"It keeps their brains growing, they don't lose as much that way," art teacher Kathy Dwyer said.
That's why Rockbridge Elementary teachers look for ways to keep their students engaged over the summer months.
"It definitely helps them for next year, to pick up where they left off and so it's not such a hard transition from say third to fourth grade," third grade teacher Kelly Turley said.
But that's not the only benefit.
"If they come in having been stimulated all summer long, then they move forward faster," Dwyer said.
Turley said parents can be active in keeping kids on their toes.
"The best thing that parents can do for kids is read, visit the library often, play games in the car, ask questions," Turley explained.
Teachers said summer is the perfect time for students to do some of their own learning.
"Well during the summer, this is an opportunity for them to try new and different things and apply what they've learned at school," Dwyer said.
Teachers said it's easy to spot the kids who don't keep their minds active over the summer, since they spend the fall catching up to classmates who did.
"I think it is important for kids to read, and write or do some of their math during the summer months because sometimes children kind of lapse back, and forget some things. And when they come back in the fall it takes them a month to get back into the habit," second grade teacher Debbie Wills said.
Teachers also remind students to stay physically active too.
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