It’s summer break! While you prepare for trips to the beach, you may also want to consider ways you can be preparing your kids for next semester. While teachers did a phenomenal job transitioning kids to distance learning last semester, several unforeseen consequences may arise from kids being out of the classroom and out of normal school routines for so many months. Parents can help ensure their kids don’t fall behind or struggle to acclimate by preparing kids for next semester this summer.
Depending on a child’s personality and experiences, they may have a hard time going back to campus regardless of how eager they are to be with their school friends. For kids who struggle with any degree of social anxiety, PTSD, autism spectrum disorder or other learning or social disorder, being surrounded by hundreds of students again may be a shock to the system.
Students suffering from PTSD are especially susceptible to be triggered by change. While they may have struggled to adapt to learning at home, the transition back to school may be even more difficult. It’s important that parents watch for signs of PTSD.
One way to help prepare kids for next semester is to encourage them to spend time with friends. Now that it’s possible for people to meet while adhering to social distancing guidelines, kids can hang out. Do not let your child play video games alone all summer. They need to interact with others.
Reading during the summer months improves reading skills and allows for a healthy form of escape. Reading can help remind kids that there are other times and places outside of their own experiences. This is a reminder I think we could all benefit from.
If your student just barely scraped by in a certain subject, tutoring is not a bad idea. Especially in elementary school, if students don’t master a section, the following one likely won’t make sense either. This is where tutoring can be beneficial.
A professional tutor can also teach a student more effective strategies for learning and studying that are tailored to the student’s needs and personality.
During the shuffle to learning at home, many families witnessed their children struggle in unique ways. I was grateful to work with families and teachers to be able to establish new learning and studying strategies to accommodate learning needs. I was also able to conduct educational assessments while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The insight and suggestions I provided allowed families and teachers to implement optimized ways to help students learn.
Let’s get your child on track for success. By being intentional this summer, your child will be better prepared to step into next semester, regardless of how it looks. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in speaking more about this.