Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic are valuable concepts learned by kids across the Midlands each school year. But many children likely aren’t practicing them this summer. To ensure students return to the classroom with their minds sharp, local educators shared their tips and advice that can be implemented by families of all sizes, ages and schedules. “My No. 1 suggestion is reading widely and frequently,” said Mary Gaskins, coordinator of professional learning for Lexington School District One. “The more access to reading material, the better.” Educators also advise parents to take the extra step to ask their children questions about what they’re reading and even pick up the title themselves.