First things first:
1. Get your kids outside to play
2. Have your children reading every day.
Kids who have a healthy reading habit during the year tend to read more and improve their vocabulary, grammar, comprehension, and spelling over time. The best way for kids to keep up with this is by continuing to practice these skills through books or even educational apps throughout the vacation period.
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3. Encourage children to use their imagination and creativity through arts and crafts projects
There is more to summer than just playing at the pool, going to a water park, or watching TV. Encourage your children to play with arts and crafts projects that will encourage creativity such as painting, drawing pictures, or building things from blocks. Keeping their mind engaged and their creativity flowing will help them maintain skills they learned in school that summer.
Creativity allows your child to be able to think about problems they are presented with in multiple ways that may not be the way it is taught. Each child is different and your child may need to think about things in a different way for a concept or idea to "click" in their brain. If they are constantly pushing the boundary of the left side of their brain with doing something in the arts it will help them transition to an out-of-the-box solution.
4. Plan fun activities for the summer that are educational, like visiting museums or going on hikes, or fun classes.
There are a plethora of online classes that can cater to the interests of your child and are a perfect addition to your routine in the middle of the day heat to allow them a break to recuperate and learn at the same time. Do they like dragons? Then find a class that incorporates reading and dragons. Do they like superheroes? Then maybe they would like a superhero science class. With things opening back up in a lot of areas there are most likely in-person classes or camps available as well.
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5. Review with your child's teacher if possible the standards and main things for your child to review before the next school year.
You can do this over email or phone as there is so much going on during the last week of school that it could be hard to set up an in-person meeting. If you do it over email or phone it gives the teacher more time to come up with a thoughtful response and not just something on the spot.
Conclusion paragraph: It’s that time of year again, so let’s start looking forward to the fun days ahead. The best way for your kids to have a happy and successful summer is by ensuring they are well-rounded in their education. Have you reviewed what standards or main things your child should review before the next school year? Reviewing with his/her teacher will ensure he/she has all necessary information about upcoming material and assignments as well as knowing when it's time to do work right away! What's on the horizon this summer for your family? What areas can we help you with today?
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