by Corinne Wnek
We still have a little bit of summer left before we’re bombarded with back to school commercials. Nevertheless, school bells will be ringing soon and August is a good time to gently begin the transition back into academic life.
We need to remember that kids have been out of school for a long time. It may not seem that long to adults, but to kids it is. A good way to prepare for the new school year is to review some of the skills learned in the previous year.
With younger children, for instance, there should be a once or twice a week review session of letters, words, numbers and arithmetic to help recall learned material. These sessions could be a family activity that is set up as a healthy competition between the kids and the adults. What’s good about this is that learning becomes fun. Based on your family and the ages of the kids, parents could become quite creative here.
With middle school students, a lot of the same activities could take place because these kids love to win out against adults. But if a competition is not your family’s cup of tea, maybe encourage a quiet family reading night or do some math puzzles together.
Certainly among high school students, summer reading needs to be completed by September. As high school is a preparation for life, it is important to make sure your child is completing required assignments and meeting deadlines.
Late summer is a perfect time for rising high school seniors to begin and complete college applications and required essays. Why wait for the fall?
Students should ease into the new school year by taking baby steps now so that when the doors open in September, they will be ready for learning. Sorry, kids. But you’ll be glad later on that you took this unsolicited advice.
Now, hurry! Back into the pool!
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