6 Summer Planning Tips for Parents
6 Summer Planning Tips for Parents
As the school year winds to a close and your child gazes longingly toward the summer months, it is a good time to begin thinking about how to keep him or her learning over the summer in the midst of fun activities that you may have planned. We compiled a list of general tips for you to keep in mind as the summer approaches!
1. Check in with your child’s teacher
Before the school year ends, check in with your child’s teacher to see where he or she stands academically. There may be skills that your child has not quite mastered or areas of weaknesses that could be further strengthened. Ask your child’s teachers what they’d recommend doing to work on those skills over the summer months. We recently published a blog all about parent-teacher conferences.
2. Keep a schedule
One of the more difficult aspects of the summer months is the lack of a schedule that the school day provides. If your child is not enrolled in a summer program during the day, it can be easy for him or her to fall out of a normal routine. Sit down with your child before the summer begins to set clear expectations of how his or her days should look. Help your child make a clear schedule of what her or she will do throughout the day and when to wake up and go to bed. While the schedule doesn’t need to be elaborate or finely detailed, it can at least establish some clear expectations of what your child should do each day. Check out some examples on Pinterest!
3. Keep up the learning
Going along with the schedule idea, set clear times within the day when there can be learning and review. Online courses, like Study Island for Home (K-12) and Reading Eggs (pre-K–6), can provide quality, age-appropriate content for your child that can match what he or she learns during the school year. Within the schedule that you set up, creating 15- to 30-minute blocks of time where your child has focused learning will make a difference in the long run if done consistently! Check out our Marzano-validated best practices for online learning.
4. Take educational outings
Learning doesn’t have to be restricted to the home! Take educational outings to such destinations as to your local history, science, or art museum. Learn something new and let your child explore a topic of interest. Even vacations and trips can cultivate learning; engage your child by asking him or her to research the area you will be visiting and its local history.
5. Read, read, read
Cultivate a love of reading by taking regular trips to the library. Let your child choose books and get recommendations from the children’s or youth librarian. Read alongside your child and encourage a love of reading by exposing him or her to many great books. Reading a lot of books can also help your child beat the summer slide. One psychology study has shown that children who are given access to books over the summer perform 35–40% better on reading achievement tests than those without access to books. Check out our post on creating a literacy-rich home for further inspiration!
6. Have fun together!
Lastly, have fun together! It is summer, after all. There are all sorts of amazing benefits to playtime that your children can gain from, so be sure to let those summer days be filled with fun in the sun.
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