Even though the school year has ended, it doesn't have to mean an end to learning for your children.
- Designate a workspace. Children learn best in environments dedicated to learning. Find a quiet, comfortable place in your home that you can use strictly for summer learning. This area should be free from distractions and clean, with adequate seating and lighting.
- Set a schedule and routine. When setting aside time for learning, be realistic. Consider your family’s work schedule and other summer responsibilities. Schedule learning for a set time each day, and establish rules around time allowed for educational shows, online games and educational apps.
- Outline learning objectives. Set goals and objectives with your child, based on areas of interest or academic areas that may need more nurturing. Then, research educational resources online that match your summer plan.
- Get the proper technology and accessories in place. Make sure you have everything you need to successfully navigate a summer of online learning, including a computer, tablet or smartphone, internet access and a headset/microphone.
- Talk to your child’s teacher. At the end of the school year, learn your child’s current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and ask for any learning and reading recommendations based on the feedback. Your child’s teacher will also be able to provide you with suggestions on the type of learning style (visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic) your child responds to best.
- Talk to your child. The best way to get your child excited about a summer filled with learning is to involve them in the planning. Ask them what they want to do and share your summer plans with your child, including any vacation plans, camps, and individual or group learning opportunities.
- Talk to your child’s caregivers (if applicable). If your child receives care from someone else during the summer, you will want to communicate the summer learning objectives and routines you’ve established for your child with them.
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