Parents are often looking for ways to support their children’s learning over the summer. Family learning kits can help families do just that. Here are some tips:

  • Collect everything parents need to conduct engaging learning activities in boxes or bags. Include items such as videos, books, conversation starters, games, craft items and other materials to support positive parent-child interactions. Ask local businesses to donate materials that could be used in kits.
  • Organize kits by grade level and theme (animals, everyday math, famous scientists, crafts).
  • Schedule drive-up pick-up/drop-off times. Families can check out the kits and return them to the school when they have completed the activities. Once kits have been restocked and sanitized, they can be checked out by other families.

 

photo of a mother and child working with arts and crafts

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Stay in touch with parents over the summer

Summer break should not signal the end of home-school communication. Staying connected with families during the summer months will help you keep parents informed and make the start of next school year less chaotic and more efficient. Plan to send families information on:

  • Summer events. Send out reminders about any summer camps, activities and school tours.
  • What to expect when school starts. Due to COVID-19, there will be changes to many school policies and procedures. Outline those changes as soon as possible. Sharing information early gives parents a chance to ask questions before the year starts. Also include links to forms that will need to be filled out.
  • Next year’s calendar. Share the dates for important meetings and events as soon as they are scheduled. Include dates for standardized testing and parent-teacher conferences, too.

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June 5, 2020 is World Environment Day—created by the United Nations (UN) to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action. Encourage students and their families to adopt healthy, environmentally friendly habits. Offer ideas: They could clean up a local park, write to their government officials, use less water, walk more, switch to sustainable products and more.

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