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Fight The Summer Brain Drain!

School's out for the summer, yes! It's time to give you brain and body the much needed rest it deserves, however I suggest caution when choosing how to relax this summer. You have worked hard all year to learn much needed lessons to advance to the next grade level, is 2-3 months of fun worth complete loss of that information gain? I think the answer is no so here are some sure fire ways to help you maintain that knowledge and relax without backsliding. Experts say that by the time children graduate from high school summer learning losses can add up to two years in education. that is based on summers of unfocused activities. So plan ahead and add these tips into daily routines to curve summer brain drain.

1. Read! it is that simple, take 5-10 minutes of your day to read 2 articles online or in a magazine. Go to the library get a book, any subject or subject related and just read it, no note taking or trying to memorize ideas, just enjoy it.

2. Keep Track of Your Days. It's easy to get lost and caught up in the moment when summer fun begins but it may help you stay on track and bounce back if you keep organized. Get a planner, or old fashion diary, and write a paragraph about your day and the events that occurred, how you felt. You could also use it to write down "To-Do-List", appointments and goals for next semester. Hey you could even make it a summer project and scrapbook your experiences.

3. Stay on School Time! Try to stick to your regular Sleep patterns this summer it will ensure an easy transition once the school year begins again.

4.Get Active! Don't let the summer pass you by while you sleep in late, play video games or sit home watching your favorite shows. Go out and volunteer your time, you may learn something new or meet new people. Exercise you body doing 60 minutes of physical activity like walking, jogging, bike riding or yoga, this helps you body relieve stress and feel good.

5. Stay Connected! Get involved in study groups with school friends, join summer programs that have educational extracurricular activities planned (art camp, band camp, sports camp) or go to your local library for fun academic activities. Peer interaction helps create a network of shared knowledge and helps students retain information through positive collective work.