Sidestepping the Summer Learning Slump

The kids just got out of school and summer vacation is on. Although kids need to rest and recharge like the rest of us, you don’t want them to totally lose the skills they learned during the school year. Still, you’re not sure if summer school is the answer either. So what do you do? Here are some ideas to sidestepping the summer learning slump.

Sidestepping the Summer Learning Slump.

Cook Together-Have your kids cook with you at night to keep their math skills sharp.

Join A Reading Program-Sign them up for reading program at the library. When they are done reading the book, discuss it and see if you can plan an activity around it.

Go on a Virtual Tour-Would you love to travel the world with your kids but just don’t have the funds? Go on YouTube and find a video about the place you want to go.

Sidestepping the Summer Learning Slump

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Plan an activity day-Pick a day and plan the whole day with your child. Choose a set amount of money and have them help you manage it as you decide what activities you want to do.

Take your High School kid on a Virtual Campus Tour-Use the website to find tours of colleges your child wants to attend.

Join a community garden-Join a community garden with your child where they can learn to how to plant different vegetables.


These are just a few ideas in sidestepping the summer learning slump. With some conversation with your child and a little creativity, you be able to make this summer a fun learning experience.






6 Ideas For Your Summer Bulletin Board.

We are slowly making our way into the hot, lazy days of summer.  Time for baseball, cookouts,  and splashing in the pool.  It’s also time to switch your bulletin board for the next three months or so. Are you looking for some simple ideas that won’t take a lot of work? Here are three ideas for your summer bulletin board.

Six Ideas For Your Summer Bulletin Board.

1. Sipping through summer-Cut out milkshake patterns and have your students color them. Add stretched out cotton balls for fluffy whipped cream and a small red pom pom on top. Buy a red checkered table cloth and cut a piece as long as the bottom end of your bulletin board. Staple it to the bottom. Add a colored background that you think will complement and then line up and staple the milkshakes on the table cloth. Add the caption, “Sipping Through Summer.”


2. Lazy Days-Make a pool background on your bulletin board. Copy and cut out patterns of children at the pool and add a head shot of each of your students. Add the cutouts to the pool. You may even want to add yourself and your co-teacher as lifeguards.  Add the caption, ” Crazy, lazy days of summer.” or “Splashing through summer.”

3. Flying through Summer-Another great idea for your summer bulletin board is to add a blue background with some clouds and green on the bottom for grass. Copy patterns of kites and have your kids color them. Add different colored yarn for a tail and then staple them all over the bulletin board. Add the caption, “Flying through summer.”

Six Ideas For Your Summer Bulletin Board

Another three ideas for your summer bulletin board.


4. S’more Summer- Cut out a template for a s’more and have your kids color the graham and the chocolate. Add googly eyes to the marshmallow part and a smile. Add a dark blue background to your bulletin board and a template of a bon fire and then scatter your s’mores all around the board. Add the caption, “We are ready for s’more summer.”

5. Strawberrylicious Summer-Print an oversize template of a basket of strawberries. Also print off enough individual strawberry patterns for your class. Have the kids color them and add googly eyes and a smile. Add green on the bottom for grass and light blue on top for sky.  Add the caption, “Strawberrylicious Summer.”

6. Swimming into summer-Add a blue background and have your kids color templates of fish. Add some grass and seaweed. Then add the caption “Swimming into summer.”

These three ideas for your summer bulletin board should make re-doing things a snap and have a bright, eye catching board all summer.



9 Social Skills Kids Need Before Preschool

Your child is getting ready to start preschool. This can be a whole new game when they are used to being home with you on a regular basis.  It can be hard for some kids who struggle with social skills when they start their first day. Here is a list of 9 Social Skills Kids Need Before Preschool to help you prepare them for their best school days ahead.

Social Skills Kids Need Before Preschool.

Skill #1: Introducing Themselves-Sometimes kids can be shy but it’s good for them to be able to introduce themselves. To make things easier, teach them to start with a smile and then introduce themselves. Starting with a smile shows others that they are friendly and fun to be around. Explain to them that they may have to introduce themselves several times because it will take time for everyone in their class to learn each other’s names.


Skill#2: Asking for help-It is important that your child is comfortable asking for help.  If they are nervous, explain that sometimes asking for help in a group is much better because there are a lot of other people to help you. Give them an example where they may need to, like needing help picking up the Legos at clean up time.


Skill#3: Following Instructions-This is a big one. It is important for your child to be able to follow instructions. In the weeks before preschool, start giving them 3 step instructions to follow and see how they do. For example, to clean your room;

  1. Make your bed
  2. Pick up the toys off the floor
  3. Put your dirty clothes in the basket


9 Social Skills Kids Need Before Preschool


Skill#4: Disagreeing Appropriately-It’s bound to happen, there will be disagreements at preschool. Teach your child to respect other people’s opinions and to agree to disagree sometimes. For example, a boy may think that girls can only play with dolls, ponies, and stuffed animals while your girl thinks that she can play with whatever toys she wants, regardless of gender stereotype. Teach your child to calmly state their opinion instead of getting into a he said/she said, I’m right/you’re wrong screaming match. Your teacher will thank you. 🙂


Skill#5: Accepting ‘No’ for an answer- This is very, very important. There will be many times when your child will want to do something or try to do something and hear the word ‘no’.  Sometimes they will want to get out a new playing center when there isn’t enough time before transitioning. Sometimes they will follow another student in doing something they shouldn’t just to test the waters. It happens. Teaching your child to accept the word ‘no’ will lead to a lot less headaches later.

More Social Skills Kids Need To Know.

Skill#6: Showing Appreciation-Teach your child to say “Thank you” when a classmate does something for them.


Skill #7: Making An Apology-Teach your child how to make a heartfelt, genuine apology. This  will go a long way in the classroom when a wrong has been done.


Skill#8: Controlling Emotions-Children need to learn how to control their emotions in stressful situations. Teach them techniques to calm down before they lash out in their emotions. Everyone has a right to how they feel but blowing up at a teacher or classmate can lead to much bigger problems.

Skill#9: Accepting Consequences or Criticism-When your child gets in trouble at home, make sure they have consequences. They will need to learn this in order to prepare for school.  Each school has different consequences for bad behavior and your child will have to deal with these consequences. Also, they need to learn to accept criticism when it comes their way. And it will. Kids can be really mean sometimes. Explain to your child what criticism is and teach them ways to cope and understand it. Always start off your day with a positive affirmation.


By teaching these 9 social skills kids need before preschool, you will be sending a genuine, sympathetic, awesome child to school. By your child learning these 9 social skills today, they are headed for a better day in the classroom.