The kids in our area have been out of school for three weeks now and while I’m delighted to see my grandson enjoying his summer “off,” I can’t help thinking school is going to be back sooner than we think. If you have a child that struggled with their times tables at the end of fourth grade, fifth grade is coming soon, and without practice over the summer, fifth grade is going to be even harder. What to do?
Take a look at what Young Rembrandts’s franchisee in Michigan has to say about the difference she is making in her community. “What we do is so valuable, because the curriculum is fantastic for kids. I really enjoy being able to give kids the ability to learn new art skills since many schools have begun to take it out of the curriculum. It’s just a great way to put art back in their lives.”
During the month of May, Young Rembrandts franchisees across the country are visiting school administrators and staff in their territories to say a sincere thank you for another great year by dropping off a personalized gift or certificate to show appreciation.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the change I’ve seen in my grandson since computer time had increased. He had what we all thought were healthy boundaries and he could be creative in the games he was playing. But even with those considerations, he was becoming more and more obsessed with the characters and the games.
I just blessed some kids in Alabama, Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona and it feels GREAT! I don’t know them or their teachers, but I do know their schools can’t give them what they need. Determined to give their students art, their teachers posted their projects on Donors Choose, a website anyone can view and donate on.
Ever notice when kids don’t have their face in a screen, they’re still thinking and talking like they do. There are times my grandson seems to be speaking a foreign language, with great enthusiasm, but it’s not anything I understand. This is just not working for me anymore. I miss my grandson. I’ve been brewing on finding common ground. Finding a steady stream of things, we can talk about together. Not homework and not tech talk.
I am always reading and researching trends and ideas in kids’ education. I want to share with you what I have been reading so you can benefit as well. The first book is about something you may have been hearing a lot about recently. It has been a popular buzzword in education the last few years, grit.
There are plenty of times limiting the amount of time our kids are on their devices seems a hopeless, never ending battle, but it’s one we need to win. I have a few ideas to help you and the kids cut back on technology and discover there’s more life out there when they do.