Anecdotal and statistical information tells parents that children lose some of their hard-won math and reading knowledge over the summer – but only if those skills are not continually being fostered throughout the summer. Parents can make sure their children are continuing to learn and develop by setting some family rules for the summer. Whether your child is a preschooler, kindergartener or elementary-school-aged, being intentional with your child’s learning experience over the summer is sure to set him up for success in the following school year.
Here are the 4 rules we suggest you adopt with your family this summer:
1. Participate in a summer camp.
Our Olympics-themed Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill Summer Camp combines physical activities, interactive learning and good old-fashioned fun for an unforgettable summer experience. Children will learn about the cultures, customs and cuisines of countries participating in this year’s Olympic Games. Enroll your child today, and get ready to launch your child on a learning adventure!
2. Play at least one game every day!
Plenty of popular board games reinforce memory and counting skills – like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and the Memory Game. Or, create your own games like charades with popular book characters! Your child will be squealing with delight and learning at the same time!
3. Limit technology use to one hour a day.
Chances are your child loves watching TV or playing games on a tablet, but these activities are often not interactive enough for your child’s development. Set aside a regular time for your child to enjoy these activities, like during snack time, but keep all other technology out of reach the rest of the day. This will force you and your child to think of creative ways to make use of your time together – like going to the neighborhood park or working on an art project!
4.Take a trip to the library every week.
Reading stimulates little minds to think more complex thoughts and fosters their imagination. Taking a trip to the library every week keeps your young reader excited about exploring new worlds with new books. If your public library has a summer reading program, think about enrolling your child. Then, set some goals and spend time every day reading with your child to meet those goals!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill, we understand that bridging the gap between home and school helps with your child’s success. our door is always open for families to discuss needs, ask questions, and offer comments and suggestions. Everything we do is designed to promote your child’s personal and educational well-being. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about our school!