Summer time for kids is a time for hanging out friends and going out and doing things. This year is a very unique summer because of the coronavirus pandemic affecting all parts of the world. The inability to go and hang out with friends safely has made summer time a potentially sad thing as the most social interactions kids have is with their families. With many parents still working throughout the summer it becomes incredibly difficult to juggle a full time job and a student that is on summer vacation. A great way to give your child a head start on the upcoming school year is to enroll them in summer classes. These classes can get your child ahead in school and can allow them more opportunities to take the classes they truly enjoy during the actual school year. If you do not want to enroll your child in the standard education system summer classes you can utilize learning tools like primer that give students hands on activities that promote the love for learning and exploration. Below are some ways you can keep your students learning throughout the summer months to ensure they have an even better chance of succeeding in the upcoming school year.
Utilize supplemental learning tools
Summer is supposed to be a time where students are able to take a break from the long hours of school and enjoy being a kid. There is nothing like waking up during summer vacation and not having a worry in the world. With the pandemic it makes it a little more difficult to take your children on vacations or to see their friends so it is important to still ensure your child is having a fun break. One way you can accomplish this is by getting a supplemental learning tool for your child. The methodology of these tools is to inspire a desire for learning in your child rather than pressure them to pass a test. Children are naturally curious about the world around them and by giving them a tool to satiate this curiosity it facilitates a love for learning. Continuing education even during summer vacation can have a better impact on your child’s grades.
Go On Field Trips
Field trips are an excellent way to get your children engaged in learning. Find out what your children are excited to learn about and what really sparks their interest. Depending on their answer you can tailor a field trip so that they can get some hands on experience with that topic. For example, if your child is really interested in dinosaurs you can bring them to a local natural history museum where they can see the fossils and feel more engaged and willing to ask questions and learn from experts. By cultivating experiences that encourage your child to be inquisitive you can help them in creating a lifelong passion for learning and discovery. Not only can field trips be educational they can also build a stronger relationship between you and your child because they will feel loved and cared for since you are making an effort to care about their passions.
Do online school
Some kids really enjoy learning and for them the lack of critical stimulation leads them to feel bored and restless. For these go gettery you can enroll them in online school during the summer. While doing summer classes is not for every kid, it is a great way to get ahead of the game and allow your kid to continuously learn and grow. Online classes also give these kids an identity of a student. Some kids can feel lost during the summer months especially when they are isolated from their peers. By enrolling these students you are giving them the freedom to choose classes they love and enjoy to do and learn about. Online summer school should be a decision that is made by the student as those that want to learn are more likely to have the discipline and drive to succeed and get good grades.
Start a virtual book club
Many kids spend countless hours in front of a TV consuming content for hours. While this is an easy out for parents to let their kids be, it doesn’t build upon any skills or want for learning. A great way to keep your kids occupied while keeping them learning is by introducing them to a book. With this you can get the child’s friends to also read the book and create a virtual book club where school friends are able to catch up and discuss an exciting new book they have read. Reading is an incredibly important skill and is a great miniature escape for kids while they are reading. By reading, kids are able to increase their vocabulary and increase their understanding of the author’s purpose, conflict, resolution, and the basic literary elements of a book.
This summer it is becoming more important than ever to ensure your child is mentally stimulated on a daily basis. Quarantine has been shown to cause the blues but by stimulating learning and creativity in your child will set them up for a summer of fun learning.