Once the school doors close for the summer, a lot of what kids have spent their school year learning falls to the wayside, making the transition back to class much harder since many lessons must be re-learned. But with some insight from the tutors at Sylvan Learning Center, there are easy steps you can take to make sure that your children continue to use what they have learned and to make sure they are prepared for the fall.
One: You can never read enough with your kids, and encouraging them to read on their own keeps them from regressing on what they have learned from the past school year. Read one book a week, or for older kids, have them pick out a reading list to complete. You can also look for book clubs in your area or even start one yourself. Take trips to the library to keep a constant flow of reading material handy. Check out Kolcraft’s blog for a bunch great reading ideas as well.
Two: After they have finished a book, have them write up their own summary to continue their writing and reading comprehension skills. Encourage them to keep a journal of everything they do over the summer, and if you take any vacations, have them write postcards to friends and relatives. Keeping a journal will not only help improve writing skills, but also help save all of the family memories.
Three: Let your kids help you count change when checking out at a store and help you measure ingredients while cooking. Even sitting down with the family and playing board games can help give your children a better understanding of counting and numbers. With your help, they will continue to learn and use math knowledge and be prepared to return to school in the fall!
Don’t let summer be an excuse not to continue learning. Help your kids stay active; both physically and mentally. Follow these tips and you and your family will have a fun summer and an even better start to the school year.