Prevent Summer Slide
Maintain the good habit of daily reading throughout the summer break. Trips to your local library and the treat of picking a new book to keep at your local bookstore will help your child to stay interested in reading, as well as assist them in maintaining their reading skills. Set aside a regular time each day for reading. Children appreciate structure, even in the summer time. Be a positive reading role model and let your child see you taking time out to enjoy reading and encourage your young reader to work through simple books on their own.
Remember To Reinforce Math Skills
Whether your math refreshers are structured or organic, there are ample opportunities to help your child maintain their math skills every day. Creating in the kitchen, making crafts or counting during a walk or drive will help keep their skills fresh and establish math as a necessary and fun skill.
Explore And Investigate
Whether you have a fun family getaway planned or trips to the park or beach, take some time to explore the environment around you. Create a love of nature and a passion for conservation by taking a hike in the woods and take photos or notes about the interesting new things your child finds. Research together to discover the names of trees, plants, animals and rocks.
Prepare For Back To School Gradually
With retailers converting their stores to feature Back To School products, supplies and clothing mid summer, take advantage of the extra time to gather supplies and new outfits for school. Spreading your tasks over weeks, rather than rush them into frenzied days just before the first day of school will help the whole family to stay calm and will make your transition back to school a pleasant experience.
Go Back To School In The Summer
Make it a point to stop by your child's school during summer break, whether they are a returning student or will be attending school for the first time. Walk the grounds, visit the playground and invite your child to share some memories from the past school year, tell them stories from your own school days and invite them to ask questions.
Interview A School Veteran
Although this technique is useful for any grade transition, it can be especially helpful for first time students and those who are changing schools in the new school year. Reach out to a friend or neighbor whose child is a veteran of the grade your child will be entering in the fall. Your child will appreciate receiving the inside scoop about school from another child in the know.
Back To Bedtime Basics
Many children enjoy the summer privilege of later bedtimes during the summer months. If this is the case in your home, begin gradually working your child's bedtime to school year bedtime over the course of a few weeks, rather than a rush in the last days before school begins. Gradual changes are easier for both Mom and child, creating less fuss at bedtime and easier on your daily routine.
Back To School Buddy
If your child will be a first time student, is changing schools, exhibiting anxiety over going back to school or even as a special back to school treat, adding a Sidekix buddy to your back to school shopping list! With a locking clip, as well as a magnet, these reversible buddies are the perfect way to personalize your child's backpack or lunch box and send a friend with them to school! The perfect size for small hands and able to convert from fun plush character to a soft ball with a zip and a flip, your child will be enchanted by these delightful characters.
Given an opportunity to explore Inferno, the Sidekix Dragon, we found the little creature delightful. Soft and plush, with fun details and bright colors, with easy to use zipper and clip. Everyone had to check out the new arrival! The Teen Diva thought Inferno the Dragon was cute as could be and my son loved the flaming ball he could convert the dragon into. Even our Lab was eyeballing the Sidekix with great interest.
In addition to Inferno the Dragon, Sidekix offers four other fun friends: Bamboo the Panda, Savannah the Zebra, Click A Dee Chick A Dee and Mojo the Dog.
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The makers of Sidekix are generously offering an opportunity for That's What She Said readers to win their choice of Sidekix buddy! This giveaway is open to residents of US, 18+ and will end on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.
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