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My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school
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My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

  • Continue reading. Summer brings plenty of free time for children. What better way to spend the day lounging at the beach, sitting out in the backyard or during a rain storm than reading a great book? Additionally, you can always stick to a nightly routine of having your child read to you before bedtime.
  • Cook with your children. Make learning fun and spend time cooking your child’s favorite recipe or even trying a new one. This is one of the best ways to integrate math, reading and following directions. Have your child measure out each ingredient and enjoy your tasty treat after!
  • Take “field trips.” To further open your child’s mind, spend the last days of summer traveling to museums, gardens, nature exhibits and more. Your “field trips” could even be as easy as walking through the nearest woods. Spend time describing what you see and hear.
  • Play games. Help reinforce previously learned concepts and keep skills sharp with various games.  Create your very own scavenger hunt or word search using clues to help build problem solving skills. Board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble put math and spelling skills to the test—or better yet, encourage your children to develop their own board game!

To learn more about virtual learning and upcoming events for interested families, please visit MichiganConnectionsAcademy.com.  

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