Summer months are long and hot, and with less structure, it can be hard to know what to do with your children all day. At Clarion School, we suggest parents keep three main goals in mind – to stay active, engaged, and creative. These goals can help you make the most of this unstructured time with your children.
Here are some ideas to help.
When children have a chance to expend energy through physical activity each day, they feel better and develop better sleeping and eating habits. They are also more able to focus and learn. With hot summer temperatures, being outdoors can be hard, but there are some easy things you can do to help.
To prevent the summer slide that can happen when children are not in school, it is important to for them to stay engaged in learning.
Summer is a perfect time to explore some of your child’s creative interests. While camps often present opportunities for children to grow creatively, a creative home environment can make for a productive summer.
Do your best to avoid lengthy screen time or any screen time if possible. Hopefully getting active, engaged and creative will help you avoid turning to screen time for entertainment over the summer.
“Screen time...it is great and it is wonderful. The possibilities for learning are limitless. But, the possibilities for inflicting harm is also limitless. Schools worldwide are dealing with an epidemic of online bullying and people taking advantage of innocent, and unknowing children. The online world is intruding itself into the daily life of schools and homes in ways never imagined. Screen-time is provides students the opportunities to engage in stimulating, imaginative and illuminating information, but it is also providing opportunities for students to engage in damaging social behavior. This technology is disruptive in many ways and parents need to help students navigate this virtual world so the result is more constructive than destructive in the real world.”
-Dr. Paul Lieblich