Some refer to this time of year as “summer doldrums” for students. The excitement of vacations, camps, theme parks, and late nights is dying down and boredom starts to creep in. One way to energize your child’s summer? Recommit yourselves to preparing your child for the upcoming school year. Here are our top five tips for working with your child this summer:
- Be consistent. Try to schedule at least 45 minutes a day or 60 minutes three times a week – whatever works best for you – but be consistent. Set the same time every day and stick with it. Consider an incentive to keep this schedule. The summer is a busy time for lots of families, but consistent and regular practice will yield the best results and provide both discipline and structure.
- Be present. You don’t have to sit with your child the whole time, but stay nearby to offer help and keep an eye on things. If your child knows you’re invested in the program, s/he will be too!
- Offer rewards. Track their accuracy and overall progress and set goals for both. Offer incentives/rewards for meeting big goals, such as mastering addition with fractions or scoring a 90 or above on a test, as well as smaller goals, such as working through three problem sets per week.
- Review, review, review. Make sure that after an objective is completed, your child invests time into visiting it later. In fact, you may want to set up a weekly review session. In the Reasoning Mind system, your child can work on problems from any objective s/he has completed in the “Wall of Mastery” – it’s great review!
- Have fun. It is summer vacation, after all. Incorporate games and family activities into their review. Here’s our blog post with a few ideas.
Post by Gail Armstrong