Best Ways to Help Kids Avoid Summer Brain Drain
By Tricia Borren
One of the greatest things a parent can do for their children is to help encourage them to learn as much as they can in school. Having a positive attitude about education and learning in general can be a great inspiration to a child. Parents can also do a number of specific things to supplement their child’s education at home as well.
Spend Time Reading
Many times one of the greatest ways to help a child with his or her education is by helping them to see all the worlds reading can offer them. It is important for parents to make reading of all types a priority in the home. Parents who read will encourage their children to read by their actions. In addition, regular trips to the local library can be a great way for a child to explore all the options books can offer them.
Visit Museums and Art Galleries
Parents who take their children on excursions to museums and galleries can also help their children by encouraging a quest for knowledge. Seeing interesting artifacts, artwork, and other items can trigger questions from a child, which the parent and child can look up together once they are home. This lets a child see there is much more to learn about than what they know in their local area.
Encourage Extracurricular Activities
Children who partake in sports, dance, music and other types of extracurricular activities will find many benefits to their education. By regularly attending practices, classes or lessons a child will begin to understand the learning process. For example, if you want your kids to learn a second language, you can find free Spanish worksheets online for them to complete at home, in addition to their homework, so their education is reinforced.
This can help them in their educational goals as well. In addition, a child will learn about being part of a team or group, social skills and goal setting. These qualities can all be of great help in their educational pursuits.
Limit Television and Computer Time
While computers and even some television programs can offer much in the way of educational value, it is important for parents to restrict the amount of time a child spends in these types of activities. In doing this, it will provide the child with time to use their own imagination and creativity to keep their minds occupied. They will learn to process information they read in ways they can understand and remember it best. This is invaluable in school.
Finally, one of the most important things a parent can do to help their child succeed in their education is spending time with them. Talking to the child about the things they are learning, issues they are dealing with, questions they have and more will give a child an opportunity to engage in adult conversation, which can help them grown substantially.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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