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WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE "SUMMER SLIDE": ALISSA GILBERT

Your kids — from kindergartners to college students pursuing an bachelor’s degree — wait the whole academic year for their last day of school before summer vacation, but for you, it’s probably a bittersweet moment. Not only do you have to find child care or entertainment options for younger kids, but you also know that a lot of what your child worked so hard to achieve during the school year, they’ll forget by September. All those late nights studying and the frustration over math homework and science projects were supposed to result in some sort of lasting enlightenment, right? Your kids won’t forget everything they’ve learned, but even teachers feel frustrated at having to devote the first few weeks of school reviewing lessons from the grade below theirs.

This falling behind is called the “summer slide,” and parents and summertime caregivers (like grandparents and babysitters) are the most effective force in preventing it. While you probably don’t have the heart to enroll in your ki…