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Making the Most of Your Summer: Hot Tips for Students, Parents, and Families

Group of sixth graders enjoying their summer

Are you looking to optimize summertime for your school-aged kids and have some fun for yourself in the process? Summer is a fantastic season for everyone to unwind, discover new things, and explore!

At St. Timothy’s School, we encourage students and families to make the most of their summer by participating in activities that promote physical activity, learning, and enjoyment. Here are some helpful tips to embrace all the wonders of summer.

Spend Time Outdoors

Spending time outdoors is vital for physical and mental well-being. Encourage your child to:

  • Stay Active: Engage in sports, hike, or play in the park.
  • Explore Nature: Visit local nature reserves or parks to learn about different plants and animals.
  • Participate in Family Activities: Plan outdoor family activities such as biking, camping, or picnicking. Raleigh is known for its robust Parks and Recreation program and contains over 100 miles of accessible and biodiverse greenways!

Learn New Activities

Summer is a great time to pick up new hobbies or skills. Consider:

  • Summer Camps: Enroll your child in a summer camp that focuses on their interests, such as arts, science, or sports. St. Timothy’s Summer Camps offer fun and exciting summer programs for rising pre-kindergarteners to rising eighth graders!
  • Creative Projects: Encourage creativity through arts and crafts, music, or theater.
  • Skill Development: Learn a new language, try cooking new recipes, or start a DIY project.

Keep Up with Reading

Reading is essential for maintaining and improving literacy skills. Make reading a part of your summer routine by:

  • Reading for Pleasure: Let your child choose books that interest them to foster a love for reading.
  • Visiting the Library: Regular trips to the library can provide fresh reading material and a quiet place to read.
  • Utilizing Summer Reading Programs: Participate in summer reading challenges or programs offered by local libraries and ensure your child is on track with their required summer reading.
  • Diversifying Your Reading: Explore different genres and subjects to broaden your horizons.
  • Exploring Educational Books: Include some educational books that align with next year’s curriculum to keep academic skills sharp.

Do Something Each Day

Maintaining a routine during summer can help balance fun and productivity. Aim to:

  • Plan Daily Activities: Organize at least one engaging activity each day, whether it’s a sport, a craft, or a learning exercise.
  • Set Goals: Encourage your child to set and achieve small goals, such as finishing a book or learning a new skill.
  • Mix It Up: Vary activities to keep things exciting and ensure a well-rounded summer experience.

Embrace the Summer Routine Change

Summer offers a break from the usual school routine. Use this time to:

  • Relax and Recharge: Allow time for relaxation to recharge for the upcoming school year.
  • Spend Quality Time with Family: Strengthen family bonds through shared activities.
  • Reflect and Plan: Reflect on the past school year and set goals for the new one.

Make Summer Memories

Summer is an excellent opportunity for children and adults alike to grow, learn, and have fun. We can all make the most of our summer break by incorporating outdoor activities, new learning experiences, daily routines, and reading. Embrace the change in routine, stay active, and keep reading to ensure a productive and enjoyable summer!