Summertime is a wonderful time for children to recharge and relax after a long school year. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many of the skills they’ve gained throughout the year are lost, causing “Summer Slide.” According to the Brookings Institute, Summer Slide means that students will begin the academic year at a lower level than they were when summer began. Skills like reading and math will decrease when they are not reinforced over the summer months. While the downtime is also restorative and important, making sure that your child gets off to a great start in the fall is, too.
As the school year unfolds, many opportunities present themselves as a chance to think about intention.
A legitimate intention, one that you take seriously, is both enticing and attainable. When you set yourself on an intention, you are taking into account the larger picture of who you want to be and the steps necessary to get there. Intentions are authentic desires, high ideals rooted in what matters most to you. This process compels you to make a commitment to align your actions with your inner values. This is not just about going through the motions of changing behavior for the sake of change. The anticipation of the good and worthwhile feeling we believe will come from honestly working toward something makes an actual improvement in our lives possible. By setting intentions, we get to the source of what we truly want. Because intentions are not oriented toward a future outcome, it becomes more deeper and more profound than meeting a goal. Living with intention is a path, a practice, a responsibility, and an indication of character.
Here are a few things to consider when you decide to create an intention.
Ideally, education is a partnership between a family and a school. There are many ways to strengthen that relationship, and clear and respectful communication is a necessary component. Parents can also help to reinforce classroom learning by encouraging children to share and apply what they have learned at home. When a child is enthusiastic about learning, they not only retain information better, they also expand their skills as they find new ways to use what they have learned. Classroom lessons that feel relevant to “real life” outside school tend to stick with students longer. Applying lessons at home can also be fun. Most importantly, being involved with your child’s learning can strengthen family bonds.