What are your visual kids doing this summer to stay in the game?
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. Yes, summer is a great break from classroom learning, especially for our visual kids, leaving more room for physical activity, the arts and unstructured play. But 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?
Download our brain drain eBook to get your summer practice plan started. Choose just a couple of things to do. Things your child needs to keep engaged with. Have them do one activity twice a week. Another one three days a week. You get the idea. It’s not about three hours of homework a day. Make it a light, fun touch to incorporate into your summer days.
Another thing to think about this summer. GRIT.
It has been proven that the #1 thing that determines success for children and adults is their level of GRIT. Whether classroom or life, people who are determined, and have the perseverance and tenacity to press through whatever the challenges, are the most successful in life. More time on video games or tech devices is not contributing to increased levels of grit. Neither is the indulgent nature of our current culture.
What to do?
The good news is that grit can be developed and we’ve got some great ideas and strategies for you. Start by having some conversations with your kids about goals. What do they want to do when they grow up? What problem would the like to solve? How can they improve the lives of many? I know those are some heavy questions but grit is all about the long game so it’s good to start them thinking about it.