The school year is rapidly coming to a close. I am looking forward to having all my kids home all day with me. I love the lazy relaxing days of summer. But, sometimes the lack of structure and go with the flow attitude is not always a plus. While summer is meant to be a break from school, a full break from structure and learning is never a good idea. Taking the time to avoid the summer slide will help your child in more ways than one come next school year.
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When I was a classroom teacher it always broke my heart when I saw a child’s abilities go backwards over the summer break. Summer learning loss is actually really common, but it is totally preventable. Here are my tips for staying on top of learning and growth during the summer break, with plenty of time to spare for fun in the sun.
READ, READ, READ: There is no way around it, for some this is easy, and for others this is a huge struggle. Find a type of book or series that your child adores and read for at least 20 minutes a day. Libraries have great summer reading programs or you can make up incentives on your own for hesitant readers.
Talk: Talk to your kids. I know this might sound simple and crazy, and you might even be rolling your eyes right now, but when was the last time you really talked to your child. Asked them what they were thinking or feeling? Unplugged from everything while you drove around town and really discussed what you were seeing or thinking? These conversations get your child’s mind moving. It helps them ask why and want to know more.
Move: Physical activity is imperative for your child’s growing brain. Get outside. Take a hike, go for a walk, find a playground, join a sports team. It doesn’t matter how you move, just do it!
Create Something: Paint a picture, build something, bake together, start a project. Think outside the box. Creating something uses different parts of the brain and helps promote creativity and problem solving.
Practice: All those skills you child has worked so hard to master the past school year? You have to keep practicing them so that your student can retain all that good information.
Check out these facts:
Teachers recommend the award-winning Summer Bridge Activity Series by Carson-Dellosa Publishing. Each grade-specific book is purposefully planned and designed to help your child retain information they have already learned and prepare for information they will be learning next year. By using this activity book for just 15 minutes a day your child will ready for school in the fall.
My son is currently using the K-1st grade bridge book and he loves it. We just took our first summer trip and he worked in his book for most of our airplane travel. I love how easy these books are to use and how they keep my son engaged and interested.