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June 17, 2002

Q: I think that my child deserves a break over the summer. His teacher wants him to read and do school-work. What difference does it make?

A: When elementary children return to school in August, it is easy to tell which children participated in school-like activities during the summer break. Children are often like mirrors of their homes and the important people in their lives. When you model reading with and to your child, you speak volumes about what you value. Encourage your children to "play school"

and provide them with pencils and paper. Challenge your child with a few math problems, a writing assignment and " a job to do" to follow directions each day. Make learning fun and be sure that it never stops.

Source: Washington County Public Schools, Public Information Office

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