As adults, many of us reminisce wistfully about summer break. We remember the excitement of the last day of school, and the joy with which we imagined the seemingly endless days of sun and fun stretching out ahead of us. As we long for the freedom three months away from our regular routine could provide, we can forget that such a sizable upheaval can be challenging for our kids.
In just over a week Rogue Valley students will be celebrating the end of yet another school year. So, here are a handful of ideas to help your wee ones smoothly transition into summer.
1. Stick to a schedule
Change, even happy change, can be scary so maintaining a routine, even when traveling, can help mitigate anxiety about the unknown.
2. Make plans
Sit down with your kids and a large calendar and plot the weeks ahead. Be sure to include your children in the planning by asking about activities they'd be interested in participating in. Keeping the calendar where the entire family can see it can help kids stay focused and feeling secure. Adding images can also help.
3. Stay in touch with school friends
Making time in your summer schedule for your kids to stay in touch with friends can help maintain a semblance of normalcy during the months away from school. Consistent contact can also help ease transition back to school when classes start up again in the fall.
4. Keep 'em learning
Summer break is synonymous with play which means it's the perfect opportunity for kids to keep learning even while out of class. Forego TV, computers, and screens in favor of getting kids outside where they can run, jump, and explore. Physical activity is good for their body as well as their mind, and can help them assimilate new information. And don't forget to play with your kids! Ask what interests them and find a corresponding activity you can do together. (For tips on helping your child get the most out of play click here.)
With just a little forethought, planning, and communication you can ease your wee one into a happy summer break and set the stage to make memories they will then carry into their future.