While summer is a time for fun and relaxation, the season-long education lull can cause middle school and high school students to regress in their learning. Fortunately, making summertime both enjoyable and educational is possible; parents simply need to assess how best to keep their adolescents and teens mentally stimulated while on break from private school. The following article highlights different summertime opportunities that can help students stay on track with their academics during the summer.
Discuss Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteering offers numerous advantages for students on summer break. For one, students can pursue personal interests outside the classroom. If a teenager shows a passion for animals, he might volunteer at the local zoo. If he has an interest in medicine, he should donate his time at the hospital. Also, becoming a volunteer provides an opportunity for students to get out of the house and away from video games and TV.
Suggest Summer Employment
A summer job can provide another means for students to utilize their school break and maintain their scholastic aptitude. Some teens can secure employment in a field that sets them up for their professional aspirations. For instance, a student who wants to work with children one day might find a job as a babysitter or daycare helper. Students may also want to consider unpaid internships for work that is in line with their interests.
Enlist the Help of Educators
With the school year winding down, now is the time to consult private school instructors for advice on summertime achievement. If a teacher notes that a student could use encouragement in reading, parents should make library trips and dedicated reading time priorities over the summer. Also, summer classes may be available to help students keep their minds sharp and ready for the upcoming school year.
Are you looking for ways to stimulate your child’s mind this summer? The staff at Orinda Academy would be happy to discuss ways to implement summertime learning. Call (925) 254-7553 or visit our website to learn more about the academic programs that our East Bay private college prep school provides.