06/17/2014 03:00 pm ET Updated Aug 17, 2014

How to Keep the Learning Cap on Over the Summer

Summer is officially here! Well, almost. It is a time to relax and have some fun. For parents and educators, however, it is time to ponder over the 'summer slide' -- a euphemism for the fact that students tend to 'unlearn' what they learned over the school year -- and how to arrest it.

Thankfully, experts are chiming in to help. Here are 10 recommended activities to stop the 'summer slide':

  1. Read to your children, or encourage them to read
  2. Visit local museums, parks, or universities
  3. Use apps that let them play, and learn
  4. Introduce them to computer programming
  5. Travel to historic sites or national parks
  6. Join clubs for niche interests and activities
  7. Encourage 'based-on-books' movies
  8. Play board games with the family
  9. Volunteer for your favorite charity
  10. Get them a job from your network of adults

Thats great! But before you get going, remember that the same experts agree that a little bit of downtime and a little of a 'summer slide' is actually a good thing. So tread lightly but stay the course, and the slide may be a lot of fun after all!