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Here’s another shameless plug for kids taking an art class. Yes, it’s because I’m the founder Young Rembrandts, the coolest and only drawing program out there – but mostly because after years of research, I know how much doing art affects a child’s social-emotional well-being, while expanding brain function overall.
School has been in session for a bit now which means it is time for parent teacher conferences. If you’re new to this school thing or maybe you just have a new dedication to school – here are a few things I’ve learned from my many years as a mom and partnering with teachers about what they really need from you.
Homework is going to be a part of your child’s school experience for many years. Whether you have a right brain thinker just starting school or an older right brain student, I have found lots of great ways to make homework time easier through the years.
At Young Rembrandts we’ve been interviewing kids that have been drawing with us this past year. For some kids, drawing was a way to continue the classes they were used to at school. For others, it was a way to keep their minds off the stress they were feeling around them.
One big loss from last year was writing. The literal act of writing letters and numbers on paper. This is going to affect all our learners, but especially our kindergarteners and early primary grades. A solid foundation in the early years is essential to learning.
It takes as little as 15 minutes a day in each of the core subject areas, reading, drawing, writing and math, to maintain learning all summer long. And, to help you keep track of how well you are doing with that hour a day, I have created a weekly tracker.
Under normal circumstances, summer can amount to a significant learning loss, as much as 2 1/2 months per student, with the biggest losses in math and reading. However, a year spent distance learning, has created additional concerns about the potential losses that lie ahead.
I know this last school year has been A LOT for all of us, parents, teachers and kids alike. But, if we do nothing else this summer, daily reading needs to continue in order to improve and maintain academic skills over the summer.