One week, your kids are spending all day at the pool (and running through the house dripping wet). The next, they’re sitting politely in class soaking up knowledge about dinosaurs, volcanoes, and the solar system.
As the freewheeling fun of summer vacation gives way to the rigor and structure (and excitement!) of back-to-school season, there are ways you can ease your kids’ transition back to the classroom so they’re ready for a successful year.
Here are four strategies for helping your kids get back into the swing of learning.
1. Incorporate Learning Into Everyday Activities (and Keep It Fun!)
One of the most important things you can do leading up to school is to look for ways to integrate learning into everyday activities.
“Even when you're doing activities that are fun, you can throw in things that will engage kids in some amount of learning,” says Novea McIntosh, an assistant professor of teacher education at the University of Dayton, Ohio. “Make it informal and fun, and unbeknownst to them, they'll actually be learning.”
Take for instance, Klutz games. They may appear to be all fun, but they’re actually mini-lessons in chemistry, engineering, and reading. As children piece together wires, LEDs, and buzzers, they tap critical thinking and STEAM skills to build electrifying games.
Any activity that is playful but requires new skills will help ease your child back into the learning that’ll be expected of them in school.