ROME, N.Y. -- Just because it's summer vacation, doesn't mean the learning stops.
The New York State teacher's union, NYSUT, says it's important for school-aged kids to stay sharp with their reading skills.
Research shows that one in six children who don't read by third grade fail to graduate on time from high school – and that's why reading in the summer months is critical.
"Anything they can do to occupy their mind weather its reading a book or reading a newspaper or just jotting things down perhaps holding a diary. Anything to keep them writing and keep them reading and keep them active,” said Rome Teacher Association President Rob Wood.
Some ideas to get your kids engaged include having them research vacation destinations, write in a journal, or check out a specialized summer camp.