Summer is almost over. Time to get the kids mentally prepared for the next school year.
So, here are five tips to help parents do just that.
1. Hook a struggling reader
Get your child reading something that interests them. Take them to a bookstore and let them pick something out that they find interesting. Analyze the book to ensure that it is at a readable level for the child. If the book is not at a readable level, read the book with your child. This can foster deep bonding between you. In addition, you can guide your child’s comprehension of more complex words and ideas. Readingrockets.com has some great ideas on getting your kids involved with reading.
2. Turn off the t.v.
Even if it’s just for a couple hours, turn off the t.v. and get your kids to do something constructive. Dina McReynolds Everage, principal of Chicago’s Wentworth Elementary School, has two children of her own. “Even with my kids, I make them turn the t.v. off and pick up a book,” she says. Principal Everage notes that, during the summer, kids become academically idled. It’s best that they are kept fresh and attentive.
3. Review and discuss
Once your child is reading, make sure you inquire about key topics in the book. Characters, plots and writing style are a few examples. You’ll be surprised what your child notices once they are engrossed in a book that they find engaging.
4. Explore your surroundings
It’s easy to let kids plop down in front of the t.v. or their laptops for hours on end. However, children need new experiences. Whether it’s a park, a zoo, a play, or even a new restaurant, children need a wide range of events to draw from. Chicagokids.com is a great local resource to find fun things to do with your children. To visit the site, click here. http://www.chicagokids.com
5. Find a tutor
The No Child Left Behind Act mandates that tutoring be free for students. However, according to greatschools.org, only about only 15% of students actually use this service. Tutors are great for keeping your children focused. In addition, parents have to work and may miss out on key times to cultivate their child’s learning. If your work schedule prohibits you from following the previous four tutoring tips, getting a tutor can help bridge the gap. The child can read and have discussion times with a tutor, while exploring new things with their parents. To find out your tutoring options, visit this link. http://www.greatschools.org/students/homework-help/123-free-tutoring-no-…
These tips can be used year round. Here’s to a great school year!