My family spends many hours in the car during the summer, just like many of you - heading to soccer or basketball tournaments, visiting the grandparents in Palm Desert, or simply a quick trip to the beach. I love these times because the kids are in the car and we have (or can get) their undivided attention, and we take advantage. One of our rules is that each person only gets to be on their phones about half the time, and the phones are put away completely for short trips.
“Mom, there’s nothing to do. I’m so bored!” Sound familiar? Parents would be millionaires if they had a nickel for everytime they heard that phrase come from their children’s mouths. Without the rigorous schedule of homework, sports, and after school activities, the summer can be open season for boredom to find its way into the minds of our kids and sour the sweetest summer day.
First of all, boredom is a choice that people make. They choose to discard all known options of occupying themselves and instead vocalize that decision to the person they believe can solve their problem. Children are masters at doing this, and often parents don’t want the battle so they cave to the demands of whatever is being asked of them. Here are some fun, creative, and mostly free suggestions to help your kids choose being busy over being bored this summer.
For most students summertime means a break in the schedule, time off from academics, and enjoying a boatload of free time. Students work hard for ten months a year and they have good reason to look on the summer months with expectation and delight. Most teachers enjoy the summer time just as much their students! The words ‘summer school’ can seem like the kiss of death to any child, but there are a lot of really great benefits in signing up for classes over the summer break. It definitely doesn’t have to be a bummer and here’s why:
The arrival of summer means that school is out, and it’s safe to say that parents and children alike enjoy the break from the schedule. However, being on a break from mandatory school work doesn’t mean kids have to give up sharpening their minds with good and entertaining literature. Whether your child is a voracious reader or one who needs a little encouragement to pick up a book, this summer reading list has something to please everyone.
For my siblings and I, summer days at home took on a familiar structure. Before any technology was turned on we had a list of activities that must first be completed. Reading was at the top of that list, along with bible stories, age-appropriate chores, outside play, and time to create (writing, arts and crafts, etc).
There is a tendency during the summer for children to slip out of practice exercising the skills they learned throughout the year. As a teacher, I share with my student’s parents that there is a simple solution to preventing the summer slide for their young elementary student. Here are my suggestions:
Last week we introduced safety tips for parents for their children during the summer months. The first 3 tips referred to:
1. Time in the Sun, 2. Water Play, 3. Picnics, Grilling, and Camp Fires.
Here are some further tips to help keep your children safe during summer fun:
Did you know emergency department visits increase by 15-27% in the summer months? In the midst of family vacations and time spent outdoors, it is important to keep in mind that summertime has heightened safety risks.
With only a few weeks remaining until the end of this school year, your kids are enthusiastically talking about their exciting summer plans. The days of summer are long and welcome all sorts of outdoor activities. To ensure your children have a safe and fun time this summer, here are 5 safety tips to keep in mind: