WINDING DOWN FROM SUMMER VACATION
In a few weeks, kids from preschool age through university will be getting ready to go back to school. For almost three months, their days were filled with fun and frolic, seldom picking up any reading material unless it had something to do with a vacation location.
What can we do as parents to help the kids transition smoothly from the long days filled with play to reading, writing and arithmetic?
In our family, each day the kids all retire to their own rooms and read a book or write a story about what they did during the summer and what they enjoyed the most.
The first few days, after thirty minutes or so, they became restless, but by the time they were ready to go off to school, their reliving the vacation time added up to be an hour or more – An hour or more…that is just about how long it takes to complete homework assignments after returning to school; so the battle of getting the kids back in the habit of coming home from school and doing their homework was won!
Tricky but it works… Try it!
– Ava Carroll-Brown. Author of Where IS Your Mother?