The school year is coming to an end…how did it go? Many children and parents breathe a sigh of relief when summer arrives because the school year is such a struggle.
Time moves so fast with tests, different activities, field trips and homework. Summer is a chance to evaluate how the last year went and to be proactive in making next year even better. So what things can you do over the summer to make next year a little easier, a little smoother, and a little more positive for everyone?
1. Keep kids learning over the summer
Don’t let the 2 ½ months of summer take away all the gains that were made over this school year. Keeping your child’s brain engaged will make the transition into the next higher grade a little easier.
2. Rejuvenate the study space
Summer is a time for remodeling, replanting the garden, re-staining the porch—and it is also a great time to look at how your home is set up for studying. As your child ages they need different requirements for where they study. While a 2nd grader might have been okay at an end of the dining table, a 3rd grader may be ready for a real desk or specific study space.
3. Get your child a brain check up
If school was a struggle this year, or certain classes seemed much easier or harder than the past, it is likely time to have you child’s cognitive skills checked. Skills like memory, attention, and processing speed can make a huge impact on how well children do in school. Don’t just assume next year will get easier.
4. Set goals for the next school year
While this year is fresh in your mind, sit down with your child and think about what went well and what goals you both have for next year. When that final report card comes home is a great time to evaluate how your child felt about the year, felt about their progress and what changes he or she wants to see in their next report card. Keep this a two-way discussion, not just a lecture on your part. Keep these tips in mind when making goals.
After a tough school year we often just want to put it behind us and hope for better luck next time. But most school difficulties don’t solve themselves and will reoccur again next year. Using some of the downtime of summer to make changes that will be proactive in making next year better is time well spent. Next year doesn’t have to be a struggle—make it the best year yet!
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