The sun is finally starting to shine a little brighter and we’re getting closer to summer. I, like most parents are starting to try and figure out how to engage my child this summer. I know my daughter wants her hang out time with friends, but I love to throw her into some good old creative outlets. It helps that I work at the best place for fun summer opportunities! So, let me share with you why it’s so important to keep you kids engaged in learning during summer break.
When it comes to certain kinds of knowledge, kids really do have to “use it or lose it.” This is especially true for kids with learning and attention issues. Summer learning loss can set kids with learning and attention issues back as much as two to three months. So it’s essential to strike a balance between reinforcing academic skills and having lots of summer fun.
I love that at Jackson School of the Arts, our classes are so fun that kids don’t even realize they are learning. It’s about achieving that balance of getting kids engaged to learn and yet have an enjoyable experience at the same time. Kids need a break from the routine of the school day.
A summer break also helps relieve some of the pressure experienced during the academic year. Students not pressured by midterms, term papers and final exams are more free to explore personal projects at their own pace during the summer. Personal ventures, such as an art project can be just as enriching as structured class. Free time helps foster creativity often overlooked during the regular school year and makes individuals more well-rounded. Pursuing personal interests such as dancing, or theater ventures out of one’s own free will and on one’s own time can be even more worthwhile than sticking to the structured regime of classes and internships. These projects will shine on resumes as they exhibit true passion and interest on the individual’s part.
In addition to keep the brain moving, we strive to keep the body moving as well. Summer is a great time to try out something new. A dance class for example. Maybe your child takes a ballet class during the school year – for a change in the summer, try hip hop or acro. My daughter loved her theater class last summer. For her it was fun to pretend and meet new friends. I know I loved that she was practicing public speaking and being comfortable in front of a crowd.
I also love that during summer classes kids get to meet new friends. My daughter loves that at Jackson School of the Arts she has friends that don’t go to her school. What a wonderful way to broaden her friend base. She looks forward to seeing her JSA friends every summer!
Take a look at our website: Jacksonarts.org and start making your plans! It’s going to be a great summer!