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Maintain a Summer Schedule to Keep Students on Track


Social-Emotional Learning ^Extra-curricular/At-Home All Ages Strategy


Flexible Thinking Self-regulation Organization Attention

Maintain a Summer Schedule to Keep Students on Track

If your child has difficulty with task completion and benefits from having structured routines

How To Apply It!

  1. Maintaining a summer schedule can help children avoid slipping into bad habits that will be hard to correct once school resumes in the fall.
  2. Summer schedules should be looser and more flexible than the school year, but they should include a combination of daily chores and activities so your child has some organization and structure to their days. If you have clear rules about when your child should wake up and go to bed, include those on the schedule too.
  3. Include time for unstructured play or down time into the schedule. Over-scheduling students can be worse than not giving them enough to do.
  4. Build in time throughout the summer for any assignments due in the fall. Try to avoid it being crammed into the final days of summer which will lessen the value and can cause additional stress during the back-to-school period.
  5. If your child had difficulty in any subjects during the school year, build in time throughout the summer for review or to get ahead for the following year. Given the value of spacing out learning, try to incorporate academic learning throughout the summer rather than cramming it in at the end.
  6. Post the calendar or schedule on the family bulletin board to help everyone stick to it. Let children help you make the schedule. This can be a fun, collaborative activity and make sure expectations are clear.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Although summer schedules will involve different activities and time frames than school year schedules, setting and keeping schedules in the summer can help your child stay productive and give them the structure and organization they need.