BACK TO SCHOOL: Summer Learning

This time next month, kids will head back to school. Will yours be ready?

Alice Cooper may have coined the phrase, “school’s out for summer,” but that doesn’t mean learning should take a back burner. In fact, it’s an important time to encourage good habits and get school-sponsored summer programs completed.

Do you know what your child’s summer projects consist of? Has he or she even started yet?

Your school’s website will give you a rundown of what summer projects must be completed for each grade level. Search the Patch directory for “schools” and then click on the link for your child’s school.

If your school or grade level doesn’t have a summer reading or math project, consider enrolling your child in the summer reading program at the Perry Hall Library. Many schools, like Gunpowder Elementary, are striving for 100 percent of students to participate in the summer reading program.

You should also encourage your children to complete their summer reading or math packets in advance, before it becomes a mad rush the day before school begins. Have your child spend a few days each week doing their summer homework. They should try to do it at the same time and in the same location they always do their homework. This will create routines that will be easy to continue once school begins.

There are plenty of other ways to incorporate learning experiences into your summer fun. Baltimore City and the surrounding areas have plenty of activities to encourage learning.

Consider touring one of the many museums downtown or embark on a nature walk or hike. You could plan a trip to the Maryland Zoo or take a boat cruise. Even a fishing trip could be educational if you set it up properly.

Not only can these activities be educational, they can promote family bonding and open the lines of communication. Don't forget to do some research before you go, so you have specific age-appropriate learning opportunities lined up for your child.

While some of you may be having a hard time thinking about returning to school, this is the perfect time to begin structuring your child’s learning to help make the transition back to school easy. Enjoy the remainder of your summer and encourage your children to continue learning year round.

Tim July 27, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Thanks for this article Stacey. You included a couple things my wife and I hadn't thought of!
Stacey Schantz July 27, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Thanks Tim! Glad you found it useful.
Nichole Jones July 29, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Summer camps are very helpful, especially for practicing math and avoiding summer slide. Math is inevitable, but our students are more likely to avoid math and thus they are not able to compete with the international students. They are lagging behind. I have recently found and bought tutorteddy math curriculum for my daughter. They have used the techniques that have been around for last 100 years, they use the similar curriculum used by Thomas Edison and other American inventors. The curriculum is cheap and reusable. Students can practice this curriculum during summer vacation.
Tracey August 04, 2011 at 01:16 AM
seriously john? uncalled for.
Stacey Schantz August 04, 2011 at 07:13 PM
The dreaded summer slide is what schools are most concerned with. Anything that parents can do to help keep kids from completely relaxing their brains over the summer will make the transition back to school easier in the fall. Thanks for everyone's positive comments for this article.


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