It’s summertime and everyone is thinking about how to keep the kids entertained and learning through the summer months.

Here at Premier Academy, we’ve carefully worked out activities and events that kids perceive as fun, but that encourage them to continue exploring STEM-oriented concepts. We’ll be playing with topics in science, technology, engineering, and math. Yep, that means building things, mixing things, connecting things, and figuring out how to make it all work out right.

But your preschooler needs to learn more than just the academic topics important for their future. They’re getting socialization skills simply by interacting with their classmates, but it’s harder to teach them the broader skills of community responsibility from within the highly protected environment of the child care center.

Our first priority beyond teaching your children and providing them with a loving, caring environment, is making sure they are safe.

That means we can’t do things like include our children in larger community projects designed to work with individuals across age groups.

Feast of Corpus Christi Procession in Rome

This week, some religious traditions celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi. As a non-denominational Christian school, we do not recognize this sacred event among our students; however, the underlying message of the holiday can still be honored while teaching your children important lessons about their duty to also serve their society.

Once upon a time, the ultimate expression of service to others was the washing of the feet. Today, that would seem a little out of place. However, there are many ways you can spend a beautiful day with your child as you both participate in contributing to the greater society.

Planting community flowersThere are plenty of things you can do.

  • Participate in neighborhood beautification projects like planting flowers or cleaning up trash in public spaces.
  • Work with a senior center to ‘adopt a grandparent’ or help a home-bound neighbor with some cleaning, shopping, or entertaining.
  • Talk to a local animal shelter about spending some time with the animals there, keeping them socialized and adoptable.

When the weather is warm and the kids are out of school, it becomes harder to see the needs all around as we focus more on fun and family. Help your child become a productive, positive citizen of the future by reinforcing to them the importance of contributing as well as consuming.

Great season for helping