Let the Summer Learning Begin

Posted on June 13, 2012. Filed under: Education |

Summer vacation is finally here. The children are looking forward to a relaxing, fun-filled summer and, mostly importantly, a “break” from school. But unfortunately for them, you have other things in mind. You may have a child who needs an extra boost and, let’s face it; summer is the perfect time to give them just that. For a child who may be a little behind, catching up is less overwhelming over summer when you don’t have to compete with the current school work that is flowing in.

On the other hand, you may just want ensure that your child doesn’t suffer from summer learning loss or a bad case of amnesia when they return to school in the fall. Promoting reading and a periodic recap of skills learned throughout the previous school year can help your child transition into the start of a new school year with ease.

 Whatever your reasoning is, trying to implement an educational curriculum during the summer may be somewhat trying. One on the main reasons is kids tend to be less focused on school during this time. So your challenge is to make it as fun and interesting as possible. And how exactly will you accomplish this? Give them a choice! And not a choice of whether they have to or not, but a choice of when, where, and what they do. It is amazing how handing over a little control will result in more cooperative children. Bonnie Harris notes in her book, Confident Parents Remarkable Kids, eight principles of confident parenting. Principle 7 says that problem solving, not punishment, teaches responsibility. So rather than punishing your child for not wanting to learn over the summer, teach them how to problem solve. Talk about certain areas in school that may have been giving her issues. Ask her what she thinks that she can do to help herself for the upcoming school year. You will be surprised of the amazing ideas she comes up with. So turn down your teacher volume just a notch and let the summer learning began.

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