As we recover from pandemic school, let’s make sure that FUN in on the top of the list. However, parents will also want to make sure they’re doing all they can to ensure that the educational gains their students made throughout the school year transfer into the next one!
What can you do to promote learning this summer? Here are a few tips from The Village Tutors…
Keep a Schedule
Summer is meant to be a time of fun and relaxation, which we wholeheartedly need! We also know that children thrive on routine and consistency. Every summer day will look a little different, but the idea is to maintain some type of routine that fosters learning, growth, and retention.
Make Plenty of Time for Play
While learning at home over the summer is critical to maintaining educational gains into the next school year, play time is just as important! Playing helps promote healthy brain development and the cultivation of academic skills, so it’s important to encourage playing just as much as more traditional learning modalities – reading, math practice problems, science experiments, etc.
Have a Conducive Learning Environment at Home
Most families can already check this off their list, as remote learning was so prevalent this past school year. Our advice is to keep your dedicated learning space as-is, so your students can continue to learn in that structured space over the summer. For dedicated learning times, encourage your children to work in the space – sitting at the desk, in the beanbag chairs, or whatever you have set up. Keeping the area free from other toys and distractions will remind your learners that this is a time to focus, while still having fun. Continuing this pattern into the next school year will only reinforce learnings from the past and will set your students up for success as they return in the Fall.
We hope you and your students are enjoying your summer and will consider our tips to promote the best learning experiences possible for the next school year. We’re here every step of the way to support you. Please share your ideas for learning over the summer too, we want to hear from you!