Summertime spells fun in the sun, family vacations, and of course, bar-b-que, because what's summer without at least one bar-b-que?! Although there are a lot of things to look forward to during the summer, like the 4th of July, highly anticipated movie releases and pool days. Most children, mine included, look forward to no school and having the opportunity to stay up a tad bit later than their normal bedtime.
I'm all for fun and making lasting memories but I also have the philosophy that learning never stops, especially for my school-aged children. Some of the best memories can be made while learning especially if the atmosphere is engaging and interactive. When school ends for the summer I ensure I have a good blend of summer activities mixed with a level of learning and focus on preparedness for the next school year. You are allowing a huge disservice to your children if you don't require that they have any form of educational stimulation just because school is in recess and it's summer break. Learning truly does begin at home and as your child's first teacher, summer doesn't mean education should stop.
Learning and fun definitely go together. Some ways to successfully prepare your child for the next school year by blending the two are:
One of my greatest joys in life is being with my family. They show me so much love, it's an honor and privilege to be a mother and a wife. I'm grateful to be a sister, daughter, and friend. This is a space inspired by the journey and the things I've learned over the years....it hasn't been that long so bear with me. Proverbs 17:6 " Children's children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers."