A Parent’s Guide to an Educational Summer Vacation

By Joy Price Lewis, Chicago Education Consultants

Richard W. Riley stated, “Parents and families are the first and most important teachers. If families teach a love of learning, it can make all the difference in the world to our children.” Hence, it is imperative that parents play an active role in their student(s) life during the summer vacation.

Just as athletes train during off seasons and exercise during a vacation, it is essential that students continue studying and learning over the summer break between school years. It is critical so that students hold on to prior learning and return to school in September with the behaviors and attitudes for new learning to take hold.

The student who idly passes two months of time in the summer may have difficulty getting back into the swing of school life socially and academically. Some social and academic gains made in the previous school year do get lost when behaviors, strategies, and understandings are not applied and practiced during the long summer break.

Editors Note:
June 21 is Summer Learning Day! Visit National Summer Learning Association for more tips and ideas to keep your child’s mind sharp over the summer!

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