Keeping the umm out of Summer!
I am so ready for this info! Today’s guest speaker is a dear friend of mine (and former college roommate, but NONE of those stories will be shared here!! My mother-in-law reads this blog, let’s keep it clean!), Becky Camera. Becky is a kindergarten teacher with Master’s degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology. I am constantly picking her brain for information and ideas for Anthony and her tips are always incredibly helpful! I asked her to write something about how to keep kids from forgetting EVERYTHING they learned during summer break. Thankfully, she was happy to share!
Being an educator for more than 10 years- parents always ask me, “What can I do to keep my child from forgetting everything over the break?”
The answer is simple~ participate in their summer!
The most important skills a child can continue to develop over the summer are the ability to describe, sequence, and explain. This can apply to any age. When a child can recall an event, they are practicing RETELLING, a key concept in comprehension. They are recalling the order in which things occurred, and further, they are explaining specifically what happened.
All of these skills apply to writing, whether it is a personal narrative story or a non-fiction essay. Students are always expected to defend their reasoning.
Talking to your children about their daily experiences will help foster these skills.
Another important task is for parents to read with their children. This does not include bedtime stories- as that should be completely for fun and snuggles!
Think back to their homework reading requirements over the past year and use that as a guideline for how long your child should read each day. Then ask your child about what they read- who the characters are, the setting, problem-solution, and can they make any connections to the book (how is their life just like the story). Many local libraries have summer reading programs~ join in the fun!
My final suggestion is to try and do one special thing per week with your child. It can be as simple as going to a museum or as extensive as an overnight trip to a nearby city. After the special event, make a journal about the experience. You can include photos and drawings, label the pictures, and write on each page about what happened (refer back to the first paragraph). The age of your child will determine their independence in this task. Not only will you help your child relive their excitement, but you will also have a lasting keepsake! (Don’t forget to include the date!)
Whatever you do this summer, know that there are many teachers resting up and anxiously waiting to hear all about what your child did this vacation. In fact, your kids will probably have to write about it during the first week of school!! ENJOY!
Thank you, Becky! I am loving the ideas, especially the journal! Thank you for sharing!