Just like a flower can’t bloom year round, your child can’t keep the pace often experienced with school year activities. Between baseball, soccer, homework, testing and all the work it takes just to grow up in general, kids, like athletes, need an “off season”, we’ll call this “summer break’.
Taking a break:
The number one thing to do is let your child have a break from the routine during this time. Sleep in, hang out, let the routine fall by the wayside a bit. Just like you can’t appreciate the light of day until you’ve experienced the black of night, your child needs to appreciate good old fashioned time off in order to dig in deep an make an impact during the school year.
What not to do:
I’m not suggesting they spend their entire summer in their PJ’s. The mind is a terrible thing to waste and summer time often causes a backslide of the gains made in the classroom. Parents can prevent this backslide by providing educational opportunities relevant to real life (it’s more fun that way anyway). In our curriculum we use a project based learning approach. What this mean is we explore engaging concepts and increase a child’s skill set by captivating them in the theme.
Making learning fun:
So my advice is, for example, if you have a family vacation planned, use that as a chance for your child to research the history or significance of that travel destination. Call into play their study skills, writing skills, presentation skills as they prepare to teach you and the rest of the family all about your destination. Any moment can be a teachable moment, so don’t forget to capitalize on those golden opportunities to keep those neurons firing!
Getting back on track:
With my own girls, because we are avid free divers we never miss lobster season in the Florida Keys. Since the season opens just one week prior to school starting, we are up early each day to get out on the water. This helps us get back into the game immensely because it resets our schedule in a way we look forward to instead of dreading. As a parent, any opportunity to create a positive experience for your children while also preparing them for later success is considered double parenting points.
To summertime memories,