The months leading up to summer can be a stressful time for parents. There are so many options that it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do with kids after the school year ends. Regardless of what you plan, the important thing is to keep them active and engaged.
Elementary and Middle School Students
If your child is in elementary or middle school, use the summer as an opportunity to further expose your child to different types of activities (e.g. sports, arts, music) in order to determine his or her strengths and interests.
High School Students
If your child is in high school, the stakes are a little higher from a college admissions standpoint. Identify and develop your child’s strengths. Think of ways to fill in the gaps of your child’s potential college admissions “resume” (e.g. extracurriculars, leadership, community service).
Above all, do not forget about academics. The worst thing to do is allow kids to shut off their brains until the start of the next school year. They will spend the beginning of the next school year relearning material and be at a disadvantage.
- If your child struggled during the school year: the summer is the perfect time to get caught up. The material is not going to get any easier.
- If your child is already doing well or is ahead academically: the summer is great to further pursue the subjects he or she is truly passionate about.
Please also encourage your child to keep reading! Be diligent about completing the recommended summer reading lists. This will help your child maintain or improve reading comprehension skills, which are usually developed over long periods of time.
Summer Is the Ideal Time for Test Prep
Without the stress and workload of the academic year, the summer is also the ideal time to focus on test prep, namely for the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, or ACT.