As a dad, I know how challenging it can be to keep your student's brain engaged over the summer!
But as a teacher, I also know how important it is for developing and retaining crucial study skills.
The big thing is to keep the kids engaged throughout the summer. That's the key word: engaged.
Help your kids make something at home or calculate the number of blocks to the nearest mall, anything to keep them engaged and not mentally 'checked out'.
Your kids should also be reading anything they can get their hands on! There are some pretty sneaky ways to make sure that they keep reading throughout the summer months. Instead of giving verbal directions on a chore you want them to do, leave directions on a note. Make reading a part of life whenever possible.
Check with your local library, too- they will probably have a variety of summer reading programs. And don't forget to read the newspaper, whatever section it is they may be interested in. Encourage your kids to read the sports section, follow their favorite comics or look for friends and family being mentioned in local interests. Then discuss the paper with your child. Whatever it is, try to get them engaged with something that they don't normally do.
Below are even more fun ideas for fighting summer "brain drain." Some taken from ABC's Good Morning America- read the full article here.
-Join a fantasy sports league! Drafting and following your team requires researching averages, problem solving, using statistics and crunching numbers.
-Going on vacation? It's a perfect time to talk about fuel prices and mileage. Even better, teach your kids to calculate the travel time left in your trip, and you'll never again have to hear "Are we there yet??"
-Include the kids on household tasks that require math, like cooking, which requires lots of fractions, measurements and chemistry, too.
-What better way to learn money management than at the state or local fair? Give your kids a little cash and talk about ways to carefully budget every last penny to cover the things they'd like to buy.
Now, don't worry, there's still plenty of summer left to enjoy not being in school, so enjoy the outdoors too!
State Rep. Dave Yarde