By Lorene Hall, Principal of Glades Christian Academy
Summer has always been my favorite time of year. Spending time with family and friends, relaxing by the pool, playing at the beach or my all time preferred jet skiing on the lake. One thing my parents made sure of was that we did not become victims of the “Summer Slump.”
You may ask what is the “Summer Slump?” This is when children stop reading and practicing math concepts. Our brain is like any other muscle if it is not used atrophy will set in. In order for children to avoid this slump most schools have summer reading challenges or math competitions for students to keep applying skills obtained during the school year.
Here are a few practical tips to help you parent during the summer.
1. Go to the local public library have your child get their own library card and check out books weekly.
2. Spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day reading. Have your child write about what they read to help improve comprehension skills.
3. At least once a week read to your children as they listen to reading it will help build comprehension and vocabulary skills.
4. Play thinking games like checkers, chess, board games.
5. Practice basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts.
6. Find reading and math workbooks for the next grade level in local department stores
for the children to practice in.
7. Limit digital game time.
8. Visit local museums.
9. Have fun crafts for them to make from the children’s craft section of the local crafting store.
10. Ride bikes as a family.
11. Limit TV time. Encourage your children to strengthen a skill or talent.
Summer will be over before you know it. Have you selected your child’s school for K – 8 grade? Why not check out Glades Christian Academy? GCA is a high energy Christian school seeking to instill kindness, and a love for “Jesus and His Word.” Don’t let your child
For more information about GCA please visit www.gladeschristianacademy.com