Summer is fast approaching and this year parents are asking what they can do to help their children and youths both catch up and be prepared for the next school year. This year, maybe more than most years, is a time for balance. Going full tilt into academics during the summer may not be the healthiest strategy in this stressful year. This year school has been “on and off” and many people have faced many disruptions. This year has been anything but usual for anyone, children included. When things are unusual, life can be stressful. When life is stressful, having fun can be a great way to reduce stress.
Here are 3 ways to have fun and help kids/youths learn at the same time:
There is no doubt that this year has been an unusual one. For many kids (and adults) life has been filled with many changes, adjustments and disruptions. For lots of people of all ages, life has been stressful. If you are focused on academic issues that this year has created for your child, my suggestion is that you use the summer months to address concerns about school disruptions while having fun with your children. Fun activities that focus on memory, planning abilities, communication skills, reading and math will alleviate stress while at the same time help children be more likely ready for school in the fall. Use this summer to have fun with your kids, reduce their stress (and yours) and help to prepare children and youth for the next school year.
Written by Registered Psychologist with Wildflowers, Tara Garratt.