At Life Sports Fitness, an afterschool program in South Florida, we know that the transition from school to summer is an exciting one for kids. However, we also realize that it may be difficult on parents dealing with children who suddenly have lots of extra time. Children are taken from the structure of school routines and thrown into the freedom of summer, leaving them under-stimulated and bored with wasted hours.
In order to make an easy school to summer transition smoother, our Fort Lauderdale summer program has come up with some tips to make the shift as easy as possible.
- Create a summer bucket list:
Get your children in the right frame of mind by sitting down with them and creating a fun summer-to-do bucket list. Let your child brainstorm everything they wish they can do over break in order to have the best summer ever. Once everything is written down get a jump on crossing off the events on their list!
- Set up educational activities:
It is important to keep children stimulated educationally over the schooling hiatus in order to avoid summer learning loss. Your children can still have a fun time all while learning and challenging themselves academically. Some teachers even assign summer reading lists to keep kids sharp and on track over the summer.
- Schedule play dates:
Make sure to keep your child social over the summer. Plan fun events for your child and their friends with the other parents. There are many fun activities to choose from such as barbeques, sleep overs, pool parties, etc. The friendships they have maintained over the summer will help ease kids back into the upcoming school year.
- Sign up for summer camps and sports:
Summer activities and summer camps are great ways to get kids active and involved throughout their break from school. At Life Sports we offer sailing classes, golf lessons, swimming sessions, educational camps, and other sports and nutrition camps. Summer camps in Coral Ridge are a great way to help your child find and develop new skills and hobbies that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.