Well, we’re a week into August and hopefully you and your children have been enjoying your summer so far. Maybe a little too much, you might be thinking? Despite your best intentions, perhaps you weren’t as vigilant about your children’s nightly reading as you had hoped? Or maybe the workbooks you bought to keep their skills strong are collecting dust under the beach bag and coolers? Don’t worry…it’s not too late to get back on track!
From the end of this week, when many camps wind down, through Labor Day weekend, you have ample opportunity to practice skills and develop a new summer routine that incorporates reading, educational activities and summer fun. For some ideas, you can check out my post “Prevent Summer Brain Freeze.”
Depending on the school your children attend, you may have three, four, or even five weeks until the first day of school. Make the most of it! Institute 20-30 minutes of reading each night. Plan a trip to a local farm and learn about sustainable farming. Plan a hike or bike trip and map it. Find another skill building activity that you and your children will enjoy…and do it!
It’s not too late, but you have to start now! Reinforcing the skills from the last school year will give your children added confidence as they enter a new grade and smooth the transition back to school. Now that’s something that makes September better for everyone!