The countdown is ON!!!!
There are just a couple of weeks left before we all have to get back to our routines and all the hectic schedules. We all need to start getting ready not just with school supplies and latest fashion trends, but making sure our kids get to a good start to the school year.
There is no misleading ourselves about the amount of information kids loose over 2 extended months of holidays and with that in mind, there are things we should be doing.
We could, for starters, make sure they have been reading during the summer (there are fabulous programs in all local libraries): http://www.nvdpl.ca/children, http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/index.php?page=69 . Lead by example and make sure your kids see you relaxing with a good book in hand. Ask them about the book they are reading, who is the main character, what is the plot, is there anything they would’ve added to the book to make it more interesting? Don’t forget, kids, just like adults, get a lot of confidence when they are heard and taken seriously.
For those kids with curious minds, there is now a Science Outreach Organization that creates and delivers science learning programs and services to get or keep kids interested in science, realizing how important it is for any nation to make sure the talent is there to keep us growing: www.letstalkscience.ca
If you are still traveling in the coming weeks, make sure you visit the museums and art galleries, wherever you go. It’s a great way to get kids interested in arts and a fantastic opportunity to learn more about different cultures. And if you are staying in town, check out the exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery featuring Mattisse and other modern masters.
For those who were struggling with academics last year, please, do not wait until they start struggling again to take action. There are many different strategies you could apply and many programs that are bound to fit your kids necessities. Whether it is one on one tutoring, or through a program like fun-wey tutoring services, listen to what your kid is telling you about his learning abilities and check with teachers about what style of learning they see fitting for your kid. (Check our fall education tab)
Make sure when you prepare the schedule for your kids, there is a good balance between sports, arts, academics and leisure time. We tend to over schedule our kids and ourselves, making life increasingly difficult for everyone giving ourselves the old excuse: “but they wanted to do it”… You are the parent, and you are the adult and you should make sure you keep things reasonable.
Whatever else you do, enjoy these last two weeks of glorious weather, BBQ’s with friends and sleeping over !