60 Days of Summer Fun… #1- The Daily Learning Routine

Summer is officially here and whether your child is at camp, on a family vacation with you, or with a caregiver during the week, PALNYC has you covered. We’ve got 60 Days of Summer Fun to beat the summer brain drain and prevent your child’s summer learning loss.

For starters, don’t miss the recap of our 2014 signature session for parents last month on Preventing Summer Slide, that offered excellent tips and resources for math, critical thinking and mind sports you can do with your child. Plus, see the PALNYC CuratED Summer Reading list for more booklists than you’ll have time to reference all summer and our Math Motherlode with math related books, apps, games and more.

60 Days of Summer Fun is meant to engage parents (and caregivers) and their children by offering concrete connections to the 3Rs, but it’s much more than that. Each day you’ll find suggestions and ideas that inspire and remind us to slow down and enjoy being a parent again.

So let’s get started…

60 Days of Summer Fun: #1-Find Your Daily Learning Routine & Be Consistent

Kids thrive on consistency, yet being consistent doesn’t mean being boring and lacking spontaneity, so find balance this summer by encouraging your child to have a routine that includes learning each and every day.

We all have our own approach to parenting and to what we think is important, so consider what’s meaningful to you and your child, and work together to create a routine this summer that includes learning.

For example, each day this summer, consider including a DAILY LEARNING ROUTINE that includes:
20 minutes of math practice (and I’m not talking about boring workbooks and drills each time. More on this later, but make it fun or don’t bother… It is summer afterall.)
20 minutes of writing/vocabulary practice (this could be daily journaling, a word a day activity that gets the entire family involved, or a summer blog that serves as a family album later)
20+ minutes of reading (solo reading and family read alouds with a variety of genres and forms that include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies, speeches, song, newspapers, graphic novels, and more)

And consider reinstating some other rules into the routine, like screen time only after the learning routine is complete; dinner together 3-5 times a week, and not in front of the television; get out into nature weekly or more, and so on.

Parents, we should practice what we preach… As for learning, use this summer to perfect those parenting skills that fell off halfway through the school year. Brush up on your skills with great books like ‘How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and How to Listen So Kids Will Talk‘ by Faber and Mazlish, or Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner, Brain Rules by John Medina, Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky or Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Nathan Levy, who spoke at our last PALNYC workshop on Summer Slide gave us great advice. Parents, don’t repeat yourself to your kids over and over. If they miss the message, they miss it. Train them early to realize the importance of developing good listening skills and be consistent with your message.

Good luck and enjoy the 60 Days of Summer Fun!

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