Schools assign book reports, math packets, and science projects over the summer to get kids ready for the coming school year. When your kids return to school, much of the curriculum is based on those summer assignments.
Did you ever notice your child’s first quarter grades are lower than other quarters? That might be because of avoiding summer assignments. To start off on the right foot with grades and confidence, it’s important that your child completes the work thoroughly, before it becomes too late.
To help your child tackle these summer assignments, set up a time to talk with her. Help her break down the work into manageable chunks. Split the math packet with 100 problems into 20 problems per week—that averages to less than 3 problems per day. If your child has to read a novel, split the book up so they have a couple of weeks to read a certain amount. Put your assignment agreement in writing, so every family member knows what is due when.
If you really can’t get your child to focus, try instilling a “quiet-time” period each night. It can be after work, after dinner, or right before bed. During this time, everyone is unplugged – no TV, computers, iPads, cell phones, or tablets. It’s similar to DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) that your child probably had in school. Because it’s a family routine, and it’s an expected part of the student’s day, there’s a lot less nagging.
It’s okay to let your children have some fun this summer! See if they want to work on the math packet with their friends from class. You and the other parent can take turns overseeing the work to make sure your students are still on track. Being together provides accountability and helps make learning fun!
If none of these options work, consider a tutor with Educational Connections. With more than 200 tutors in a variety of fields, we guarantee you’ll find one to help work on those assignments.