Encouraging Your Preschooler’s Education
Over the Summer
Though many preschools remain in session over the summer months, a good handful of them close down. While this provides many parents with the opportunity to spend more time with their kids, it often is cause for worry over what it will do to their toddler’s continued education. Particularly for those who have just entered the school-world, taking a month or two off from their education can have an adverse effect on what they’ve learned. You know the old saying, “use it or lose it”, the same holds true for preschoolers fresh off of their first year, who are now thrust back into their pre-school (ha!) life.
So What Do We Do?
However, the time off is not cause for alarm or worry over your child’s continued education. Instead, it provides you, the parent, with time to help supplement your child’s preschool education and keep their interest in learning alive and well. Instead of spending all summer letting them run rampant in the hopes that some energy will be burned off, try finding time to spend on books, science projects, and arts and crafts. Begin by fostering a healthy learning environment for your child in the home and finding educational scenarios in everyday life.
Will You Be Around All Summer?
If so, then have a plan of attack ready for how to handle your preschooler during the summer. Plan out the day so that you don’t find yourself stuck around noon with nothing to do.
- Look up some age-appropriate and at-home science projects that will get engage your preschooler and get them eager to help.
- Garden in the backyard and allow them to have their own patch of space, while helping explain how plants grow and thrive on water and sunlight.
- Plan out art projects that will let your toddler use their hands and embrace different textures and feelings, or set up a canvas that they can paint on outdoors each day, allowing them to get dirty and express their feelings.
- Head to the library and find books that your child is interested in reading, or wait around for story time to give them some indoor entertainment for the day.
- Finally, invite their friends over for play dates to help keep their social cues and roles that they’ve learned over the past year or so in tact. This will help ensure that they don’t head back to their preschool (or even kindergarten if they’re making the big leap) and forget how to share, take turns, or even how to play gently with others.
Enroll Your Preschooler In Summer Camp
While in preschool, your child learned everything from the beginnings of the ABC’s and 123’s to how to interact in a social environment. Whether you’re a stay at home parent or a parent on the go, investing in a preschool-aged summer camp for your child will help continue these areas of learning. Find a camp that will create an environment that is safe and fun for your child, but will also put things like dexterity, social cues, and knowledge to the test. Most YMCA’s offer day camps for preschoolers beginning at age 5 that promote positive learning areas. So long as your child is potty trained and can handle direction, then camp may be a positive solution for your child. If your child is younger than age 5 and still requires assistance while using the restroom, contact your local YMCA and see if they happen to have a program that might be right for your toddler. Likewise, places such as the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego County offer day camp excursions for children of all ages, meaning you’re likely to find something for every child on your list.
Summer is not meant to be a time when your toddler’s knowledge to dwindle from their time spent in preschool, San Diego is home to some of the greatest weather, museums, camps, and alternatives to sitting indoor and watching television all day. Embrace the time with your preschooler and help them grow in preparation for the next year of their education.