It’s that time of the year again: School’s out for summer. During break there will be times when, as a parent, it will be important to direct your child’s attention back to learning. Of course doing so is much easier said than done, so in this blog we’re going to offer some tips on keeping your young learner exercising his or her mind once the school year has wrapped up.
Plan for educational time.
There is a lot to do during the summer: swimming, playing, vacations, etc. It may be hard to find the time (or hard to find the desire to find the time) for learning. Try making a routine of it. We often talk about the benefits of structure and routine for students, and the idea applies here as well. For example, set time for reading before lunch or have religious study every night before bed. Some teachers may even send home a summer reading or activity list to help you plan educational activities for your whole family.
Since your child will likely be online for a good part of the summer, take advantage of all the educational apps and online resources out there. A few of our favorite sites include PBS Kids, where you can find some of your child’s favorite characters such as Cat in the Hat and Elmo, and Funbrain, which offers games and online book previews featuring kid-favorites like Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure.
A little encouragement goes a long way.
We understand that trying to keep your child focused on learning during summer can be frustrating, and there may be times when you get angry about it. When this happens, think back to when you were on summer vacation and how that felt. Odds are that you totally understand what your child is feeling. But if you can keep the fun and exciting learning opportunities coming, your child might not even realize that he or she is doing something educational.
For more tips on keeping your child focused on education this summer, visit our blog: "Keep Your Student Learning Over Summer Vacation."
What are some of the ways you help your child learn during the break? Let us know on our social media pages.