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On the Home Front

Brooke Slezak

Oh, glorious summer! Skies are blue, the world is full of life, and the only thing melting faster than that grape popsicle is your child’s brain matter. You know it happens – school ends and kids suddenly become allergic to anything resembling educational material.  But don’t let their symptoms fool you! Two new studies show that implementing education at home (even in the slightest ways) can have a big impact on your child’s academic future. 

A study from the University of Texas at Austin found that academic achievement isn’t solely based on education at school or at home, but rather, a combination of the two. Another study, from the University of Nevada at Reno, drew a similar conclusion; it suggested that having as few as 20 books in your home positively influences the level of education your child will attain. In fact, the 20-year study found that the presence of books was even more influential on a child's academic achievement than their parents’ level of education. Pretty cool, huh?  

What are some things you do at home to keep your child’s mind active over the summer and during the school year? 

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