Take Educational Trips
Whether it's an interactive museum, concert, play, or the zoo, kids won't consider this learning in the traditional sense, but will be opened to new experiences and broaden their horizons. The arts allow children to explore new avenues and cultures and may introduce them to their passion or future career. McFarlane suggests you go a step further and encourage your children to make connections between what they are experiencing and what they may have learned in school. Making connections to real-life experiences helps to flesh out and define otherwise abstract academic concepts, further cementing them in a child's mind.
Prepare Them and Put Them at Ease
As those last few weeks of summer wind down, many children get anxious about what to expect with a new grade, classmates and teachers. "There are many ways to make this transition easier for children, such as showing them their new school, introducing them to children who will be in their class, or letting them know what their routine will include," McFarlane says. 'Children are very inquisitive and it helps to explain what will occur in the coming weeks."
Keep a Routine
Towards the end of the summer, try to keep your kids on a routine or schedule that will allow them to ease their way into the first few weeks of school. This means their days should consist of regular bedtimes and meal times, letting them prepare their bodies and minds for the school day.
Summer is meant for fun. However, playtime, both structured and unstructured, can keep children in shape physically and mentally. Moreover, according to McFarlane, children who keep their minds active during the summer months will waste less time reviewing last year's material when the new school year begins. They will be ready to delve right in to bigger and better things!