End Summer Sluggishness at its Source
April 24, 2019 · Posted in Parenting · Permalink

article courtesy of Devon Lawler at Thinking Caps Group. www.thinkingcapsgroup.com

It looks like summer is just a moment away, and parents and students are both itching for school year stresses to be over. But as students exchange their school books for popsicles and bathing suits, it’s important to maintain the academic skills they learned during the school year. Here are some fun, proactive tips for you to promote your child’s active learning this summer:

  • Keeping a journal: Hand-written journals are a great way for students to self-reflect during the summer. Encouraging kids to keep a journal not only promotes healthy relationships to writing, but can also improve self-awareness and keep students on track with summer homework.
  • Starting a book-club: Procrastination tends to be a problem over the summer. Turn summer reading into a book club where students and families break down reading into manageable “chunks”, and meet to discuss important themes and characters. This will make sure reading is completed on time and give everyone a chance to connect over great literature.
  • Create a Summer Schedule: With all the summer camps, vacations, and academic programs throughout the summer, kids might be busier during these months than they are during the school year. Encourage your kids to keep track of their own summer schedules, broken down into months, weeks, and days. This will promote independence–and might even give you a break!
  • Use Learning Apps: The relationship between teens and technology can actually be productive! Use apps like Duolingo for language learning, and Kahoot for trivia games with friends and family. You can even come up with a learning challenge where family members compete to see who can learn the most trivia.

While summer should be a time to rest and recharge, remind your kids that learning can happen during vacation, too. Active summer learning can keep your kids sharp so that when they walk back through those school doors in the fall, they walk in on the right foot.  

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