Summer is the best time to learn, catch up and master concepts your child didn’t have the time to do so during the school year. As a parent, what can you do this summer to help your child get a better education next fall? Summer is a great time to prepare your child for the academic challenges to come, but most parents do not think about how to prepare themselves for the next school year. Wouldn’t it be great to know what to expect from the new teacher or new school? Wouldn’t you like to know what your child will study next year and how to better prepare for the new standards that your child will need to attain in order to be successful? Here are some suggestions from Schoolhouse Learning, LLC!
SCHEDULE AN END OF SCHOOL YEAR INTERVIEW WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER
Important questions to ask: How did he do this year? What subjects does he need to work on this summer? Ask for a reading list. Look over the recommended books, how well do they suit your child? Challenge your child to write about some of his favorites.
RESEARCH YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL
How well does it prepare students? Does your school have a guide explaining what your child should know at the end of each year in math, history, science, or English? Does your child meet the Common Core requirements? Does he/she need extra help covering the fundamental basics of Math, reading,..etc. How do you know these goals are being met? Do other schools in your area have more success meeting rigorous standards? If you have any questions with any confusing information, come in and visit us for help.
ASK ABOUT ENROLLMENT AT OUR TUTORING CENTER DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
Research indicates that children who take the long summer break without working on their academic skills actually fall behind in learning. It takes them months to get their skills back to the original level! Students who seriously study during the summer get better grades and have more confidence and motivation.
READ A BOOK!
Public libraries and bookstores have many books about education. Talk to your local librarian about books that cover education. Don’t just pick any book, do your homework! For your child’s reading, please ask your librarian about age appropriate books, ask them about a summer list, and ask them about a book club and storytelling!
Summer reads to help you as a parent understand the real issues that affect your children’s schools and future education:
- Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education by Joe Nathan
- Straight Talk about Reading by Louisa C. Moats and Susan Hall
- What your K-8 Grader Should Know by E.D. Hirsch
- Schools We Need & Why We Don’t Have Them by E.D. Hirsch
The summertime months are no time to take it easy and stop helping your children to achieve. Extending learning beyond the regular classroom will build your children into exceptional students. More tutoring and brighter summers mean more motivated and smarter children!
We Believe that a PRODUCTIVE SUMMER Starts with LESS TV!
How much TV will your children watch this summer? Would you allow your child to spend summer vacation watching television every waking moment for two straight months? Of course not! Yet over the course of a year, that is how much time the average child watches TV – one thousand hours, or more than 6016-hour days!
National studies show a decline in achievement when kids watch TV more than 10-15 hours per week. Students earn higher test scores when they read more and watch less TV. But few children can regulate themselves when it comes to TV – most spend as much time with TV in one day as they spend reading for fun in a week! When parents take charge, however, the benefits are far-reaching.
In a recent study by PBS, parents who took charge of their child’s TV viewing got remarkable results. The children watched 40% less TV each week and viewed more educational shows. Parents were far more likely to watch and discuss the shows with their children. The parents also read books to children more often, and for longer periods, and took more trips to the library and bookstore Why are these changes important? They’re important because smart alternatives to TV can provide a big boost to your child’s brain.
Did you know that the vocabulary of the average children’s book is greater than that found on prime-time television? Reading also builds your child’s knowledge of new subjects. In addition, reading practice advances the brain’s ability to recognize new words automatically, a key step toward faster reading. Committing to a “productive summer” won’t cost you a cent, but it will enrich your child’s vacation. Remember, your hand is on the remote control. Use it wisely, and you’ll change your child’s channel to a “productive summer”.