School is out for the summer and many kids are excited about a break from homework and the structured routines of the school year. However, it is still important for kids to stay focused and mentally sharp throughout the summer months, so they can be fully prepared to start the new school year after the break. Fortunately, there are several fun ways parents can incorporate education into their kids’ summer break, including:
- Local branches of the public library host several free reading programs and events throughout the summer. They offer different programs to cater to varying grade levels. Check your city’s public library website to find listings of these events.
- If your family is planning to go on a vacation this summer, have your kids research the history of the trip location and notable landmarks or significant places you can visit while visiting. You can also have your kids plan educational “staycations” and visit various parks or historical sites around the area, such as the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park or the Bicentennial Gardens.
- Enlist the assistance of your kids when meal planning and cooking over the summer. Budgeting for trips to the grocery store and measuring ingredients for recipes can help keep their math skills sharp. This is also a great way to teach them about nutrition.
It is important to make sure our kids stay healthy, both physically and mentally. This is why it is so important to establish and develop a relationship with your child’s pediatrician, as they can monitor your child’s development and help make sure they are staying healthy throughout their mental and physical growth. Cone Health has an exceptional network of pediatricians dedicated to caring for children and adolescents throughout the community.
Dr. Kaye Gable is the program director for Cone Health’s Pediatric Teaching Service. Dr. Gable is a 1983 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 1986. Dr. Gable also serves as a clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.