You can hear the groans from students and parents alike as every June the teachers merrily wave the students on their way to summer vacation with cries of, “Have fun! Play outside! Don’t forget your sunscreen! Read! Read! Read! You have books to read by September. ”
Why do schools do this? Research shows that children who read during the summer holidays do better in school. It’s that simple. These students not only do better in reading, but also in writing and spelling. By reading during those long, idle summer months students are doing themselves a favour. But try telling that to someone who just wants to sleep, swim, play and hang out!
Nowadays, teaching your kids how to enjoy simple, old-fashioned fun is not easy. Nevertheless, it is worth your time - you won’t be trapped on the "I need a new toy every week" spending treadmill and your kids will be able to entertain themselves at any time and place. This means less whining, less fighting with siblings, and fewer discipline problems for you.
The living may be easy in summertime, but nothing lowers the temperature and raises the fun like water, especially when you’ve got a house full of hot, bored kids looking for ways to beat the heat. The City of Calgary's wading pools, spray parks and outdoor pools feature fresh air, sunshine, and water fun for everyone. So why not pull out those swimsuits, pack a picnic, grab the sunscreen, and head out to any of these family favorite destinations.
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