How parents can help kids stay classroom ready

CCRCE News: 
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Are you looking for ways to help your children stay sharp academically this summer?

While you want your kids to enjoy summer vacation, you also need them to be prepared for school when it starts in September. There are numerous ways parents can help children stay classroom ready, especially when it involves doing something fun. 

Arts and Crafts: Rainy day forcing your kids indoors? Break out some paper, crayons, glue, Popsicle sticks and rubber bands. See how creative your kids can be and get their imagination working. 

Take Advantage of Learning Opportunities: Check out your community’s summer events calendar, chances are you’ll find plenty of opportunity for your kids to have fun and learn new skills at the same time. Maybe it’s a one-day camp at a local farm, or perhaps it’s a scavenger hunt in the town park. Sign your kids up and watch them have a blast while trying something new. 

Visit Museums: Taking you kids to a museum exposes them to exhibits and programs that will broaden their understanding of history, art and culture. Museums often have summer programs just for children, making it easier for parents to find the right opportunity for their sons and daughters. 

Volunteer with Your Kids: if you are looking to teach your kids about working with others and the importance of helping people, sign the whole family up for volunteer activities. It could be as simple as walking dogs, a community cleanup or delivering meals to the elderly. Do it together to show them you believe in the cause. The benefits will be widespread. 

Help Your Kids Find a Job: This one applies more to teenagers. Helping your son or daughter land a summer job, even if it’s only a few hours a day or just a couple of weeks, will help them gain valuable life experience that is applicable in the classroom. Just think of all the summer jobs you had as a teenager, they likely all involved reading, counting and writing comprehension. Your kids will have a chance to earn a little money, build their self-esteem and keep their mind in learning mode before school starts.