to Help Kids Stay Sharp
The relaxed days of summer are a nice change from the rigors of the school year. It allows for a different pace of life, different schedules in our homes, and a chance to do some new and various activities that we cannot always take part in during the school year. It is however, not a time to take a break from learning and participating in educational activities.
Here is a list of ideas for your consideration as your family enjoys these fun-filled and sun-filled days ahead:
Read. Have younger children read aloud to parents or older siblings. Have parents or older siblings read out loud to younger children in the home. Choose a series of books to read as a family. Make it a fun competition to see who can read the most books! Read the Bible together as a family. Read Bible story books. Reading is at the root of learning here at MCL, as we focus on children “learning to read and then reading to learn.”
Go to the Library. It’s still free, and usually close by for many of us. Local libraries will often have special summer reading programs for children, and may offer periodic book sales.
Go to area Bookstores. They still exist, and they too will often have reading programs for kids and special educational activities that your children can participate in for free or low cost.
Write letters and post cards. Yep, this is pretty “old school,” but what a great way to surprise friends and family with a special note! It also allows your children to continue to develop their handwriting and sentence construction skills.
Set aside a consistent time and place to read and study. Pick a time during the day, and a place to read, to write, to be intentional about keeping your child’s study skills sharp. Make sure it is free of visual and electronic distractions.
Limit screen time. The computer and TV are a great resource in the education of all of us. So much information to be explored! Games can be fun and allow us to interact with others in healthy and enjoyable ways. However convenient and interesting our devises may be, there is more to life that the screen in front of us. Find a nice balance of screen time, book time, physical activity, people time, outside time, and family time.
Purchase and work through individual summer study programs. These are age specific workbooks, available for purchase on-line, or in local book stores or teacher supply stores (Yes, non-teachers can go in there!) Pick one and use it during an intentional time of growth and learning.
Go to museums and the zoo. Who doesn’t like “field trips?” …especially when you have extra time to stay and enjoy! Get together with other families and see if you can get a group rate, and enjoy quality and quantity time together.
Take tours. Some companies offer tours of their manufacturing plants for free, and sometimes they give you free samples. Also check out the local Police and Fire Departments as well. You can easy check out availability of these opportunities on-line.
Have a consistent schedule. It’s great to sleep in longer—but don’t sleep away the day. Set aside time for fun and study each day, plan special events each week. Enjoy this different pace of life, but stay in “study shape.”
Have a great summer MCL families! We look forward to hearing all about your summer activities and seeing you back at school in August.
Dr. Steve Christopher
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Tue. Jul 31 - Fri. Aug 3 // 9 - 11:30 am // Gym
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Grades 4 -8
Summer Volleyball Camp
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Mon. Aug 6 - Thu. Aug 9 // 9 - 11:30 am // Gym
Aug 8 6:30 pm - Kindergarten Teddy Bear Tea // Kindergarten classroom
7:30 pm - New Family Orientation // For parents of K-8 students // Church
Aug 13 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
8 am - Class begins // 9 am - Opening Chapel (parents join us)
11:30 Early Dismissal for students in grades K-8 (SAC OPEN)
Aug 16 6:30 pm - Back to School Night
Aug 24 6-8 pm - Sock Hop - A Family Event
Aug 27 6:30 pm - 8th Grade WASHINGTON D.C. Trip Meeting // 8th grade classroom
Sep 3 Labor Day - Campus Closed
Sep 6 Picture Day K-8th grades
Sep 7 Picture Day Preschool
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Attention parents: even though summer is underway, it’s not too late to help your child become a better reader before the new school year begins. Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills. If your child hasn’t been reading regularly this summer, they may be in danger of the “summer slide” - a decline in their reading ability.
Numerous studies indicate that students who don’t read or read infrequently during their summer vacation see their reading abilities stagnate or decline. This effect becomes more pronounced as students get older and advance through the school system. However, this “summer slide” can be avoided by ensuring that children are as engaged as possible in whatever they choose to read—just as long as they’re reading every day.
The best ways to keep your child from becoming a “rusty reader” over the summer are:
Encourage your children to read books they enjoy for at least 30 minutes per day. Your child will likely be more engrossed in material they choose themselves than material that is forced on them.
Provide incentives for reluctant readers. For example, if your child enjoys basketball, agree to take them to the local court if they do their “daily reading.”
Make reading a social act. Establish a time during the day when all members of the family gather and read on their own, or take turns reading the same book aloud.
Connect your reading to family outings. If you take your kids to an aquarium, consider reading a book about fish or the ocean with them later that day. The outing can help place the reading into a broader context.
There’s still time for kids to pick up a book this summer. Take your children to your local library or bookstore and let them pick out a book they’re going to love today. They will be better readers tomorrow for it.
From HomeRoom the official blog of the US Dept of Education
Why Summer READING PAYS OFF Year-round
Friday, August 24th @ 6-8pm // Gym
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Wednesday, August 8th @ 6:30 pm // Church
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