For students who have been busy all year, it is important to find time to do the things you and your family truly enjoy. I always remind parents that our students tend to differ significantly from typical kids when it comes to their feelings about summer break. While some of our students cannot wait for a break from school, many others may feel sad and need some time to process their new schedule and freedom.
Summer Bucket List
Invite each member of the family to write down some activities that make them happy or that they would like to try. Turn this list of activities into your “summer bucket list.” This list can be posted someplace visible within your home so you can check off activities as you do them. As you get ready to return to school, your family can go back and reflect on the many fun and interesting things you accomplished over the summer.
Learning over the summer can be fun! Children will continue to build skills that will help them to be successful next year. Talk with your teachers about suggestions and enrichment activities. Don’t overdo it though. Kids need time for their bodies and minds to recharge.
Talk with other parents and schedule a few gatherings with school friends they may not see otherwise. At SAA, our students miss one another over the summer and a fun outing is a wonderful opportunity for your child to stay connected to peers and the school.
And finally, enjoy some quiet time to read, talk with one another, and regroup. Schedules during the school year can be hectic for the entire family. It's important to show your children the importance of taking time for oneself to do the things we love!
An integral part of the Student Support Team, School Counselor Carolyn Manley brings over 30 years of teaching and counseling experience to SAA.
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