Give Summer Boredom The Boot!
“It’s summer time! Wahoo!” That is what you usually hear when the kids get home from their last day of school. Then about a week later you hear, “I’m bored! There is nothing to do!” Heard that before?
Summer is a tricky time of the year. We all have plans in our heads of campouts, swimming, family time, vacations and 3 months full of fun times! Then the summer quickly passes by and you realize that half the things you wanted to do didn’t happen and summers nemesis shows his ugly head….boredom!! Ugg…how we hate boredom!!
It makes our kids crazy and in turn makes us go crazy!!! We all want to be good parents and spend the day playing with the kids, doing crafts and activities that spark creativity but we all know that dishes still need to be done, bills still need to paid and the never ending laundry still needs to be folded. It is all about finding that coveted balance of work and play. Well, we are here to help you out!
We believe kids and parents both can love summer! Summer gives us that much needed break; however, summer can be too long and we start to get burned out. If the kids don’t spend their days engaged in something fun and interactive, they can have what’s called the “summer slide” or summer learning loss. This is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of the summer vacation.
How we spend our time with our kids during the summer can make a huge difference in how well they transition back to school in August. What are our kids doing during the summer? Are they watching TV, playing video games and/or surfing the internet? Those things are totally fine in moderation, but we should also be doing activities that keep their brains active and engaged.
Here’s what some experts are saying:
“Research tells us that children and teens who don’t read and write outside of school, especially during long breaks such as summer vacation, face a big loss in their literacy growth compared to those who do continue learning all year long. This means the summer months and other breaks from school offer wonderful opportunities for families, caregivers, and out-of-school educators to help improve reading and writing.” ~ http://www.readwritethink.org
“The research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect.” ~ http://www.readingrockets.org
We’ve Done All the Work For You!
What if this summer our kids spent their time reading books, taking classes, making art, participating in sports and exercise, going on field trips and camp outs, doing science experiments, going on nature hikes, exploring new things, baking, creating and much much more? All of these are fun ways to help keep your kids engaged in learning. We have created the Alphabet Summer Kit to give parents, grandparents and caregivers all of these ideas and much much more right at their fingertips.
Our downloadable Alphabet Summer Kit has oodles of ideas, thoughts, games, activities, crafts, recipes, and instructions. We have plenty of things to keep you and your children busy this summer. We have tried to load the kit with a variety of activities for both boys and girls. The Alphabet Summer kit will keep your summer enjoyable and entertaining. With the kit your summer should be loaded with excitement and learning!
So although those dishes still need to be done (we tried figuring out a way to make that easier too but no luck yet, we’ll let you know when we figure that out!) and laundry still needs to folded, you can still find the time to play with your kids and help them knock boredom out! We’ve done the grunt work (and it wasn’t easy) and now you get to enjoy our efforts. Be sure to check out our tips page to help you better organize your summer so you can find the perfect balance of work and play for your family! Happy Summer!!!