“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
–Anthony J. D’Angelo
Keeping Students Engaged Over The Summer
The end of the school year was hard. It was near impossible for a lot of families out there. There were so many factors that made the end of the year difficult for students and families alike. Parents were trying to work from home while also trying to maintain their home, and also keeping up with your own child’s school work. Not to mention having to mask up in order to head to the grocery store twice as often because they are eating you out of house and home!
This year, more than ever, we will need to support students that may have missed some of the direct instruction as well as the summer slide, which many of us notice each year. A way to maintain or make gains throughout the summer is to have resources and a routine in place to help make it successful for both parents and the student. Today we are going to look at a a resource that will help parents and students not only in the summer, but all year long to help make gains and build confidence in their skills as the year goes on.
Routines for Both Students and Parents
Although we are still unsure of what the fall might look like for schools across the country, students and parents can be proactive now to start thinking about their routines when they are doing their work at home. Both parents and students need a routine to help them be the most productive they can be. Here are some tips on setting up routines for your student:
- Distraction free environment- Whatever area that is quiet is fine as long as gaming devices, other distractions are removed during work time.
- Same time every day- Some students like to do their homework right away after school, while others wait until after dinner, etc. Pick a time that works for your family and try to stick to that time. With sports and other activities, you may have a day in the week where the time is different, but the same time each day will ensure that it is blocked out for learning.
- Have materials on hand– Make sure before you start working that all materials needed are at the learning station. This will help eliminate walking around and looking for items.
- Take frequent breaks– Children and adults can only sustain work for so long until we become unproductive and need a break. Build in those breaks as something fun to look forward to and enjoy a healthy snack to keep their energy up!
The Reading Closet Supports Literacy Learning All Year Long
There are a lot of curriculum guides out there and depending on your preference, some can be fully online, hands-on, or a combination of the two. Today I will feature The Reading Closet, which offers fun and engaging activities with resources built in. Let’s take a closer look at what your child can unpack each month:
Reading- The Reading Closet
The Reading Closet has done an excellent job providing resources to families over the summer, and all through the school year. Each month, you can receive a box of awesome reading books and activities to pair with the stories featured that month. When our box came in the mail addressed to my boys, they were so excited to see what they were going to get! Inside the preschool box was plenty of fun and enriching activities for my kids. The theme was about farms and farm animals, so there was a fun board game, toy animals to play with, age appropriate read alouds, a fun toy, and a kids toolkit. The toolkit included many different school supplies a child might need such as glue, crayons, scissors, watercolor paint, and a cool pencil pouch to put everything in!
As you look through this resource, you will find age appropriate and fun resources for preschool through 4th grade. If you have an older child, reach out to them, and I bet they could put something together for you as well! The Reading Closet is a great resource for anyone looking to making an investment in literacy with their family with fun books to look forward to reading each month!
A Resource for All Teachers
As we get closer to the start of the school year, there are many unknowns about how this year will go. One thing we do know-it will be unlike many other years we have ever had! It is hard to imagine being a new teacher just starting out wearing masks, socially distancing, or creating virtual learning plans along with learning everything else to know as they begin their career.
If you are a new teacher or you know of one, get them a gift that will set them up for success during these first few years of teaching. Teaching For God’s Glory-Daily Wisdom and Inspiration For New Teachers is a 180-day guide for educators. Each day is filled with practical advice and inspiration for each day of the school year. This is the book I wish I had when I first started teaching. The book goes into great detail how to plan ahead and what to expect during each quarter of the school year. On Fridays, there are places to write notes, reflect on the week, write down funny things students say, etc. What a great resource and keepsake for any new or veteran teacher!
I hope you have a great day and remember that we are all in this together! Keep up the great work of supporting these children into tomorrow’s leaders!