Making the Most of the Summer Break
Phew! Another school year close to completion. I bet you are thinking it’s time to take a break from the daily routine. Kids up early, scrambling to get backpacks and homework, instruments and gym clothes ready and out the door on time for the bus. Music lessons, sports practices, and school events. It tires you out just thinking about it!
Hopefully you’ll find summer has a different pace. Fun and rejuvenation become our new goals. Play, family trips, time in the park, just having time to hang out are important endeavors. They truly are important! These are the moments we cherish and remember for years.
There is a great deal of research to show how play, family time, and new experiences such as trips or adventures are very important for a child’s brain development. These experiences build background knowledge and help children make connections to the world around them. Never undervalue the time and memories you create.
Even though fun and relaxation are essential elements of summer, don’t let your students forget about reading, writing and math! Most students lose two months of progress in math and up to three months in reading skills. Find ways to keep them going- write a postcard, calculate the miles to the vacation destination, graph the miles the kids biked this summer. Include some academics in the fun and adventure.
Thank you families for your continued support and involvement in the 2015-16 school year. Enjoy your time as a family and we will all look forward to a wonderful fall.
Mrs. Vicky Haas
Wittenberg K-8 Principal