Summer’s full of sunshine and sand, fireworks and fireflies, and pools and picnics. It is easy to forget about books and tests and presentations. However, if your child isn’t exercising their brain during the summer, the transition back to school in September can be quite difficult.
Studying doesn’t have to be hard. Your child can still enjoy summer and take some time to study their favorite school subjects. Whether your child is in elementary school, middle school, or high school, we’ve put together four simple summer study tips to help your child keep their brain moving, keep their creativity flowing, and keep their summer busy.
Start a Journal
Writing every single day, just for a few minutes, is a sure way to make sure your child is ready for their first book report or essay come fall. Have them keep a journal on all of their summer adventures. If they’re feeling really creative, have them try their hand at writing their own stories with their own characters and settings.
Writing every day will not only help your child practice, they’ll learn new vocabulary words and start to discover their own unique writing voice.
Read More Books
Not everyone gets to go away for the summer; however, everyone can go on an adventure when they’re reading a book! Your child can take a trip to a new country or even a new world without having to leave the comfort of your home, all in the pages of a book.
Reading every day will help your child become a better reader and better writer. They can read about history and science or mermaids and wizards. No matter what they read, they’ll develop stronger reading skills guaranteed to help them now and in the future.
Not sure what books to read? Scholastic has the ultimate book list for parents and children.
Coloring, drawing, and painting can all help keep your child’s brain in shape during summer, too! Go for a walk with them outside and explore nature. Have them paint a picture of what they see. Have them use their imagination to dream up new worlds with their crayons, or use their love of shapes and sizes to put together a paper mosaic.
Science shows that students who participate in art not only do better in school but are also healthier because they’re spending more time outdoors to garner inspiration.
Stay Away from Screens
One of the most important (and challenging) summer study tips is to limit your child’s screen time. Too much screen time isn’t only bad for their physical health (it severely limits sleep, not to mention the physical activity your child could be having outside), but also their mental health.
Research shows that increased screen time limits children’s abilities to think abstractly and critically about what they see, read, and perceive. They’ll have trouble remembering and understanding “bigger pictures.”
Why is this so? Researchers believe it’s because everything on mobile devices is intended to be quick: quick games, quick messages, quick answers. Your child never gets a chance to truly think about what they’re seeing. This inability to think critically can harm every aspect of your child’s learning, from reading comprehension to historical understanding to even mathematics calculations.
You don’t have to ban your child from computer screens, but limit their time each day and replace the time they would be staring at a screen with time where they can let their mind explore and their creativity shine.