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07/14/2014
As an educator, I am often asked by parents what they can do during the summer months to help their children remember what they've learned the past school year, and prepare them for better performance during the coming school year.  Here are a few great things to do this summer to make sure your child goes back to school in Fall in “high-gear.”:

1. Visit the school; find out who the teacher is and what he or she expects of the children, and in what order.  Prepare a list of topics that your child will be expected to master during the coming school year, and start practicing now.  A child who spends time during summer brushing up on those things they did not learn well the past year and learning some of the material for the coming year will feel much more confident and perform better if they already know their stuff when the enter the classroom and find themselves ahead of the rest of the class!

2. Visit a library, get your child their own library card, and encourage them to attend story-time sessions or read age-appropriate books.  Today’s library is much more advanced and offers significantly more resources than ever before!  Taking the time to pass a hot summer afternoon in a favorite nook reading a good book after having spent the morning getting some physical exercise will result in your child developing balanced habits, a better vocabulary and imagination while developing a thirst for knowledge.

3. Have your child write letters, stories, poems, or even chore lists.  Time spent writing helps a child put their thoughts together, improves their ability to communicate, keeps their minds fresh and excited, and gives them a sense of accomplishment!

4. Monitor TV viewing.  Encourage them to go outdoors and play!  Fresh air and exercise increase blood flow to the heart and brain and allow the child to remain physically healthy.

5. Encourage your child to ask questions and solve problems.  An enquiring mind is a developed attribute, and a child who can logically stretch the questions they themselves ask to come up with possible answers for those same questions is learning a valuable skill for school as well as for adult life.

6. Take the time to listen to your children and talk with them about everything they did the past year, and what they would like to do and achieve during the coming year.  Encourage them to develop their interest in non-academic areas during the summer months while continuing to keep a healthy balance between exercising their mind and their body.

7.  Plan family learning activities and talk about them together.  Visit area parks, art galleries, aquariums and planetariums, science exhibits and competitions, libraries, historic sites, and banks; play games with your child at home, in the car, and while waiting in lines.

8. Above all, take some time off and do those things together that excite both you and your child!  Building a healthy parent-child relationship is a key factor in your child’s academic success, and ensures that your child will feel confident about coming to you and speaking freely and openly about issues at school.

By finding "smart moments" every day this summer and throughout the year, you will give your child the most valuable of gifts: the love of learning!

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