Ahh, summer! The time of lost "skills." How do we prevent preschool children from losing skills and concepts they have learned in early education programs?
The answer...share with families in your program what you (the teacher) do each day to help children to learn and develop. For example, the value of reading to children each day is stressed during the school year, but this activity is especially important in the summer. Children can talk with their families about what day it is and their plans for the day. Suggest fun and easy ways for families to include games and learning into every day life - from setting the table for dinner (and counting), naming the alphabet letters on their favorite box of cereal, matching socks in the laundry, and playing with balls outside. And, don't forget to share the importance of taking time to listen and have good conversations with children - away from a television or technology device. Good learning can take place during the summer...it just needs a little nudge!