Friday, September 11th 2015
The new experiences, learning stages and growth from a child’s summer do not have to end once the seasons change. We believe the progress your child made over the last 8+ weeks can easily transition into your son or daughter’s classroom. Whether your child/teen was successful with communication skills, leadership lessons or from unplugging, you can set up your children for a successful school year by reminding them how successful they were just a few weeks ago.
Communication: Consider the times this summer when your child/teen was at camp and had to do an activity with a peer he/she wouldn’t ordinarily choose to do an activity. Little did your child know that they had to utilize communication skills that may not always come so easily to them? Maybe they were working together on a field or in an art room, maybe they were explaining something to a new counselor or new camper. Teenagers this summer were likely learning how to navigate new campuses and uncharted territories. They had to come together to determine where to go and how to get there. They maybe had to ask a native of the campus for city directions. These simple communication skills can easily be implemented into the classroom during group projects or assignments.
Leadership: Leadership is often juxtaposed with the image of the starting quarterback, but really, leadership is equally as powerful in the smaller roles and doses. When your child volunteered “to go first” when no one else would this summer, that’s a sign of leadership. Whether it be the first one to dive into the lake, the first one to climb the rock wall, or the first one to speak up in an organized seminar or debate, those are all signs of growth from your child’s summer. Remind your child that he or she should feel the same comfort in the classroom that they felt in the summer environment so that they can continue these leadership skills.
Unplug: When a summer program or camp sets strict technology boundaries and policies, it forces campers and teenagers to learn how to socialize and entertain themselves (again). Putting down the tablets and games over the summer is very healthy for social and emotional intelligence and development. Your child was able to get caught up in activities and hardly miss, or think about, the latest apps at home. This lesson of all three might be the most difficult one to overcome this school year, encouraging less use of their laptops and tablets.
By creating good habits these first few weeks of the daily routine of school, your child can become more engaged in academics and other kinds of projects, sports or activities.