But a steady diet of aimless days soon becomes boring.
Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler, two teachers who have written more than 50 books, suggest these steps for making summer fun and educational, too:
1. Gather information on organized activities in your area. Call the schools, libraries, museums, churches and park departments to find out what summer activities are being offered. Also scan local newspapers and community bulletin boards.
2. Hold a family meeting. Tell children that summer will be more enjoyable if its more structured. Share your list of activities. Ask them to add activities that interest them. Summer time is a great time to pick up new skills—from typing to playing a musical instrument.
3. Set up a schedule that has each child doing organized activities on a regular basis. Also help children plan an interesting activity each week with their friends.
As you and your children make up the schedule, don’t forget to include chores, as well as at least 20 minutes of reading a day.
But Eberts and Gisler caution: “Be careful not to schedule every minute of your children’s time. Leave time for simply relaxing, thinking and dreaming.”
If your child is in day care, work with the care provider to ensure the activities reflect your child’s interests.
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