How to help keep your child’s mind active this summer

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – There are many distractions in the home when it comes to phones, tablets, and video games. Programs such as Beyond the Bell, the YMCA, and Camp High Hopes all provide something unique for your child to help keep their minds in shape while on summer break.

Summer is a time for kids to enjoy free time and get away from the classroom, but research shows that by the end of summer, students perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring. 

“A lot of times, kids will have a summer slump. We like to call it where they lose a lot of the skill they have learned during the school year, so over the summer we bring our teachers in and they help reduce that slump and continue to grow their skills as they go on to their new grade in the fall,” said Mandy Suing, the site manager of Beyond the Bell.

Beyond the Bell is one of many options Siouxland parents have when it comes to keeping their kids focused during summer break.

Dan Bittinger, who guides sports and recreation programs at the Norm Waitt YMCA, says protecting against brain drain can be as easy as getting the heart pumping.

“Get kids off the couch, out running, playing during the summer. So I think it’s a great opportunity for parents to get their kids active during the day with something that they may like or have a partial interest in but they want to learn more about,” said Bittinger.

The YMCA will provide five different team activities this summer.

Attending a summer camp is another way kids can and have fun during the summer months and still protect against brain drain.

“Pull themselves away from so many things that are in their home whether it be the TV, computer or phone to come out and enjoy nature and meet new kids and make more friends and actually see them face-to-face more than just over the computer screen,” Camp High Hopes Director Stephen Fasnacht said. 

Camp High Hopes offers recreation programs for adults and children with disabilities. 

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