Summer break: a time for fun in the sun, pool time, no school, and no homework, right?
Well, no nightly homework at least. But many teachers will assign a “summer packet” consisting of items for kids to focus on during summer months, so they don’t lose the progress that they have made in the preceding school year.
Continuing education during the summer months is no joke: students can lose two to three months of academic progress if they don’t stay engaged in their learning over summer vacation, according to PBS.
Many kids, as you can probably assume, have come to dread the “summer packet.” But first-grade teacher Betsy Eggart from Florida had an idea to combat that attitude: she wanted to assign her students – and their parents – a “summer packet” of fun assignments that’s gone viral on Facebook.
Eggart’s 9-step summer packet is extra homework we can get behind.
1. Teach Your Child How To Tie Their Shoes
Eggart encouraged parents to give their child motivation for tying their shoes or having them watch a fun tutorial.
2. Establish A Regular Bedtime
It can be difficult to stick to a sleep schedule when you can’t adhere to “school nights” for bedtime, but sleep is just as important in the summer.
3. Find A Pen Pal
“Writing with a purpose makes it relevant and real for your child,” Eggart said.
4. Have Dinner Together
And don’t chew with your mouth open 😉
5. Practice Being Kind
One of the simplest and easiest tips on the list.
6. Let Your Child Make Mistakes
“Hear me out,” Eggart wrote. “Our children need us. But they need us to let them learn to problem solve.”
7. Read To Your Child
“I can’t encourage reading enough!” Eggart said. “Please visit the library and make books a part of your summer days. Most importantly, let your child see you read- to yourself and to them.”
There are great books that encourage reading and speaking development.
8. PUT. DOWN. YOUR. PHONE.
“We could spend this summer scrolling through strangers’ vacation pictures wishing we had their reality,” Eggart wrote, “or we could be chasing our reality through the sprinkler in our own backyard.” Amen.
9. Take A Moment To Relax Every Once In A While
“Be ok with not constantly going somewhere,” Eggart wrote, adding: “Boredom gives way to creativity. Rest renews our bodies and our minds for all the next school year has in store.”
Eggart’s list is something both parents and students can get behind to make the summer months a little more meaningful, and productive.