3 Ways to Encourage an Educational Montessori Summer!

Posted on by Helena Eddings

School’s out for summer!  …now what?

It’s a question we often hear–“How can we support our child’s education over the summer?  What academics should we review?  What activities should we plan?”

We at West Side Montessori offer the following suggestions for enriching your child’s summer:

  1. Let them play

Children need plenty of unstructured play time in order to process, internalize and reinforce the information they have absorbed during the school year and in their daily lives. Provide your child with daily opportunities to play uninterrupted this summer.  Here are a few suggestions for free play time:

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  • Explore the outdoors. Find a safe place for your child to dig, climb, examine, and build–preferably without your guidance or interference.  Perhaps you can give him his own space in your backyard, providing him with tools for exploration.
  • Make a Creativity Station.  Provide your child with a trunk of household items; a stack of blankets for fort building, a few different sizes of cardboard boxes, or a corner full of art supplies.  Step out of the way and allow his creativity to flow!
  • Give a Garden.  No matter the size of your living space, your child can benefit from growing a variety of plants.  Whether he has his own space in your backyard or some creative containers on a sunny window sill, the process of planting, watering, growing, and harvesting is special.  Provide tools and just enough instruction for your child to be successful.

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               2.Let them rest.

As much as children need play time, they also need sufficient time to rest – and even to be bored.  Don’t feel that you must plan engaging activities for every part of the day.  Beyond napping, how do you encourage children to rest?

  • Read Together.  Even if your child is an independent reader, reading aloud with your child increases literacy, enjoyment of literature and strengthens your parent/child bond.  It also allows the body time to rest while engaging the mind.

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  • Make Cozy Spaces.  A hammock, an umbrella with a beach blanket, a hidden nook under the stairs, or a window seat full of pillows will be attractive for a child’s rest time.  Perhaps he will read, watch the clouds, or daydream as he enjoys relaxation.
  1. Let them help.

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Allowing children to help with household duties gives them a sense of pride and belonging.  Choose a few age-appropriate tasks for your child–even your toddler can be a helper!

  • Help sort, wash, fold and put away laundry.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Wipe the table.

Whether your child is participating in these activities at home or at one of West Side Montessori’s fantastic summer camps, this summer will be engaging, enriching and rewarding.

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West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.