Summer is here. Soon school will be out and then everyone want to have a good time and that does not include having to do schoolwork! But all teachers know about the ‘summer slide’ – kids can lose up to three months or more of learning during the summer. All because students ‘switch off’ from school type work.
Some students go to summer school. This can help keep them in a ‘thinking mode’. But what about this kids who don’t go to summer school? What can parents do to help them avoid the summer slide?
I have read several articles that tell parents to buy workbooks and to set a work schedule for their child. This seems like a lot of work and I doubt parents have the time or energy to follow through.
So here are three simple, practical, ways you can help you child avoid the summer slide and be ready for the new school year.
1. Talk to your child
Summer is the perfect time to help your child learn more about the world. Talk about what is in the news, what TV programs she likes, what activities he wants to do and why.
Use this time to really get to know more about your child and to help him or her get to know more about you.
2. Expand Experiences
Can you take your child to your work for a day? Can you help him or her get a part-time job? Set up a schedule for household chores – after negotiating which your child will do and which you will do – and expect him or her to be responsible enough to do them. Talk about your school life, what you enjoyed and what you didn’t. Ask about your child’s school life, talk about feelings rather than results.
Summer is the perfect time to learn something new, and to keep the brain active.
3. Schedule a time to be Together
Can you set up a family games night once a week? How about a time to go for a walk or even a time to sit together and read?
Your child needs to know that you are there to support him when he needs help – making time to be together is one of the best ways to do this.
These three simple activities will help to keep your child’s mind active, enhance your kids learning as well as increasing the connection you have with your child so that he or she will be ready to accept any support you offer. Who Knows? This support might lead to something unimaginable for you and your child. Lets not waste more time and start implementing these above tips in our daily life. Every child deserves this support and you as a parent are the only way out for them.
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