By Teachers, For Teachers
The last two months of school are not only hectic for the teachers, but they can also be hectic for the parents and students as well. It’s springtime, which means the sun is out longer, and children want to be outside playing later. It also means that summer is coming, and there is a lot to think to about and do before the children get out of school. Here are a few end of the year activities and tips that you can share with parents to help them get through the spring chaos and get ready for summer vacation.
As school winds down and the sun stays out longer, you may let your children stay outside longer and go to bed later. Remember, the academic year has not ended yet, so it’s important to keep children in the same routine as you did all year long. Stick to the same after-school routine as you have always done. If your children’s routine is to go to bed at 8 p.m., then stick with that.
Take your time and really analyze at your child’s report card. Look and see if there is any subject that needs a little more attention. If you have any questions about the report card, be sure to call the teacher. After analyzing the report card, you can determine what course of summer enrichment or summer learning your child will need.
You can keep your children learning all summer long by enrolling them in a summer enrichment program or a summer camp. Spring is the best time to start looking at these programs because they tend to fill up quickly. If your child is need of some extra help in reading or math, then you will want to consider a summer enrichment or summer school program to give them a little extra boost and be ready for the following year. If you want them to keep learning and gain some social skills then you may want to consider a summer camp.
A summer job is a great way for a child to learn some valuable life experiences as well as learn how to make and manage their own money. If they are not old enough, then you can have them volunteer somewhere in town, or even pay them to do chores around the house for you. Find out your child’s interests and research summer jobs with them. If they like children, they may be good at being a babysitter, park attendant, or even a lifeguard. If they are interested in animals, they may consider getting a job at a veterinarian office or the zoo.
Spring is the time that schools are deciding where they will place their students for the following year. If your child is in elementary school and you have a teacher that you want them to be with next year, now is the time to write that letter. Depending upon your school district, most schools will ask that you write a letter of request to the principal.
Whether your child is moving up a grade level or changing schools, there will be a bit of anxiety. To help ease your child into this new school situation make sure that you attend any or all school orientations. If they do not have one, then take the time at the end of the school year to take a peek at the school new school grounds or the new classroom. Helping your child get familiar with their new surroundings will help ease their jitters and make summer vacation a little more stress free for them.
Saying goodbye for a lot of children can be extremely hard. These children have been with the same kids and teacher all day, every day for 180 days out of the year. Help your children stay in contact with their friends over the summer by having them exchange phone numbers with their friends before school lets out. Have them say goodbye to their teacher by choosing a special end-of-year gift to show them how much they appreciated all that they have done.
Tell parents to take a deep a breath and focus on ending the school year on a positive note. If they follow these tips to prepare for the end of the school year, they will have a relaxed summer filled with a lot of fun and learning.
How do you prepare parents for the end of the school year? Do you have tips, tricks, or suggestions that you would like to share? Please leave your idea in the comment section below. We would love to hear your thoughts.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a master's of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the elementary education expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or visit her website at Empoweringk6educators.