Making the Most out of Summer By Dr. Latasha Schraeder

Believe it or not, the school year is coming to a close! During the summer there will likely be opportunities for summer learning and enrichment offered by your school district. Take advantage of these opportunities! Summer learning will give your children the opportunity to sharpen their math and reading skills and focus on some of the learning standards that may not have been addressed during virtual learning models.

After school ends, when your schedule is more flexible, be sure to make your family’s social and emotional health a priority. The warmer weather offers the perfect opportunity for outdoor activities and sports. There are many ways to spend time outdoors, such as taking a walk, doing yard work, etc. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how the outdoor time is spent. Just move! While continuing to be mindful of social distancing guidelines, consider scheduling a time for your family to interact with other families to add an additional opportunity for socialization.

Finally, the last fifteen months of the pandemic have taken a toll on us all. Students have been expected to learn in less than ideal circumstances. Most had to become accustomed to learning virtually, which was a huge learning curve and at times can be frustrating when technology fails. With this in mind, please be sure to allow time to rest and step away from technology. This is important to be sure your children’s social and emotional health is intact. Enjoy your summer!