Dear Berry Patch Families,
Thank you for a wonderful year of love and learning! New adventures await your children over the summer months, including Camp Sizzleberry. As the current school year draws to an end, make plans to connect with other little Berries. And make a plan to keep learning!
For young children learning is best done through play. Play-based activities allow children to practice executive function skills like self-regulation, problem solving, and attentiveness. You can read more in Executive Function is Enhanced Through Play. Summer learning can happen spontaneously or be planned. The goal is to keep the learning alive by sparking the imagination. Consider the following tips for learning during June, July, and August.
- Focus on play, both organized and unstructured playtimes.
- Limit or even eliminate screen time.
- Incorporate daily quiet reading for the whole family.
- Provide hands-on activities.
- Encourage conversations at the dinner table to discuss the daily activities.
- Organize a weekly family meeting to plan adventures.
- Use the Top Ten Tips for Summer Learning as a guide.
Keep in mind everyday experiences that can enhance learning at home. Making the bed, feeding the dog or picking up the toys are developmentally appropriate expectations for young children. Assigning chores is a great way to teach responsibility and cooperation. Truly, little ones can help! Read Little Jobs for Little People for ideas.
In regard to practicing and enhancing what your child has learned this past year at The Berry Patch School, refer to your child’s classroom newsletters. The Parent & Family Education newsletters have focused on specific area of learning. Here’s a list of links.
Enjoy every minute of summertime!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
The Berry Patch School