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Tips to Keep Learning Hot This Summer (page 2)

Tips to Keep Learning Hot This Summer

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Updated on Aug 6, 2013

Introduce Your Child to New Things As a single mom and educator, McFarlane sees summer as an opportunity to let her son “stretch his wings in other areas he's not able to do in the school year.” After nine months of structure, McFarlane says it's good do something completely different, like rock climbing or exposure to the arts through plays, museums and concerts. But, it's also important that these experiences remain tied to learning. McFarlane says parents should keep in touch with their child's strengths and weaknesses, and try to tailor their summer activities to areas where they need support: if your child has attention problems in school, play chess. If she's a reluctant reader, carve out at 30 minutes a day of reading time where everyone in the family sits down with a book, newspaper or magazine. “I make it a point to take this opportunity to put myself in the driver's seat as keeper of the continuity between school learning and social learning,” she says.

Keep a Routine “'Laxing your routine is asking for trouble,” McFarlane says. “Kids need routine. That's the one thing that keeps them grounded and makes them feel safe.” She says while it's okay to loosen the routine over the summer, with later bed times and alternate meal times, it's important to return to the school time schedule about a week before school starts. This will ease their transition back to school, reduce stress and help kids to focus on the year ahead.

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