Summer is Not for Slacking
Participating in summer learning activities helps not only your child, but also Redondo Beach Unified School District teachers. Students who participate in educational experiences during the summer months return to classrooms in the fall with enhanced minds and therefore, contribute to the rigor and culture around them. Teachers admire and welcome the child who arrives bright-eyed and ready to learn and do more. As for those students who sit at home, watch bad television, and play video games… well, you have guessed it. This particular student begins a new year of school thinking about returning back home to watch his/her favorite television shows and play his/her favorite video games. This student does not necessarily embrace new learning or new activities, nor easily tap into the knowledge gained in the previous school year. This can create environmental challenges in the classroom and harden the relationship between teaching and learning. This is tough on teachers and students.
So, parents, let me encourage you to consider the following:
If your child is going to watch television this summer, limit the time s/he watches and monitor what s/he is watching.There is indeed “good” television and “bad” television.
Monitor gaming and online streaming content, as some of these applications and videos are better than others and can actually support learning—re-teaching or enrichment.
Provide at least one hour of reading time in your home, Monday through Friday.Magazines, books, and appropriate online content are a few examples.
Send your kid to a day, weekend, or a week-long camp in an area of his/her interest.
Take your kid to a museum, to the mountains for a hike, to the beach for a stroll, or to the library for some quiet reading time.
The most underrated, uninterrupted time to spend with your child is while driving to/from a location. Some of my most profound (and entertaining) conversations with my son, Jaxon, took place while I was driving somewhere. This is “priceless” one-on-one time that is often unused.
Finally, and you know this, the traditional, family dinner time can never be undervalued. Playful board games, multiplication problems, guess the author’s quote, etc. can take place when gathered around the table with the phones, television, and music off. Make the most of these moments, especially in the summer when your child is free from the responsibilities of homework. Remember, Team RBUSD will provide the schooling; Team RBUSD and you, the parent, educate.
As a father who takes his job seriously, I implore you to throw every learning opportunity at your kid this summer. I know that budgets are tight right now. You don’t have to spend dime on the ideas above. However, a little spending of time now can pay significant dividends in the long run.