Back to school - already?!? Plus summer strategies.

The mist at dawn…that most students miss because they’re sleeping in!

The mist at dawn…that most students miss because they’re sleeping in!

Ahh, the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Wait, what? School just finished here and I’m already seeing information on back to school sales! What ever happened to enjoying the summer?

Still, since one of my assemblies is all about personal finance I also recognize a good deal when I see it. I’ll pass these along to you. With a little planning ahead you can get your back-to-school supplies then get back to enjoying the (hopefully wonderful) weather.

Target is once again offering teachers 15% off school supplies, clothes, and other essentials for back to school. This deal starts July 13.

Not a teacher? Remember Amazon Prime Day and the general savings often found on Amazon. Shop while keeping an eye on the kids!

Finally, why not use the summer to keep kids in learning mode while still making it fun for them?

My suggestion is to pick out their current interest: Minecraft, the Marvel Universe, planets, comics, a sports team, dinosaurs, etc. and work together to create a fun challenge. Can they learn all the information related to their interest? The names and batting averages of all the players on their favorite baseball team; the names and characteristics of every dinosaur; all the Marvel characters, their powers, the colors of their outfits, etc.? This keeps their minds in tune for the start of the school year, keeps them busy on rainy days, and yet will be fun or them.

Give them the help they need by taking the extra step: help them learn how to translate the information into something their minds can hold onto easier and organize it in their memory so it’s easily retrievable. Both of my books cover the essential steps for remembering anything and the skill is easily transferred from an interesting subject to one they don’t care much about once school starts again!

For younger students I suggest (Unlock Your Amazing Memory: The Fun Guide That Shows Grades 5 to 8 How to Remember Better and Make School Easier. For older students my newest book, Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life is perfect.

Read both together and commit to your own summer memory project. What are you passionate about that you could learn to both enjoy and exercise your mind and memory? Seeing you mentally “work out” serves as a great example for students who think that summer means turning off their minds for 8 weeks!

Enjoy the summer but don’t give in to the temptation to take a vacation from keeping your mind in shape…and help the student in your life learn from your example!