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In Summertime, children's academic skills slide

ELIZABETHTOWN - Although they may be high academic achievers during the school year, children routinely experience learning losses during the summer and other times they're not engaged in educational activities for extended periods, experts say.

Commonly referred to as "Summer slide," this decline in learning leaves many parents wondering how they can keep their children's minds actively engaged outside of the classroom.

Educators have offered suggestions, like getting children involved in a summer arts program or delving into fun and educational activities available at the local library.

Another way to keep children's minds active this summer is to be sure they read Kidsville News, according to Kidsville Publisher Gayle Alexander.

"Encourage them to work the puzzles, read the educational articles and draw a picture and send it to Truman," she said.

Parents are urged to go to the Kidsville website at www.kidsvillenews.com\Northernny and click on the Parent/Teacher resource link, download the worksheets that correspond to Kidsville News content and work with their children to complete them, she said.

"There are lots of interesting articles that parents and their children can share," she said. The August edition will be distributed in about a week, and readers can pick up a copy at their local library or any of the businesses listed in the Kidsville News promotional ad appearing in local Denton Publications newsweeklies.

"Kidsville News is the free, fun and educational monthly newspaper for the children, parents, and teachers of the North Country, serving grades K-5," Alexander said.

Those seeking a copy of Kidsville News may contact their local school or call Denton offices at 873-6368, extension 207.

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