Transitioning from School to Summer


*FOX 43 AM Live appearance on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 was produced by KSNT 27 News.

Keep Routines

Daily routines provide a sense of structure and security for everyone.

  1. Set a sleep routine - we are all better when we get a good night's rest.
  2. Keep up the self-care routine (bathing, dressing, teeth brushing, etc.).
  3. Have some type of schedule (visual schedules such as a calendar are important).
    • Example: Stay at home in the morning and in the afternoon, go on adventures, or do special activities.
    • Example: Monday is the day for crafts, Tuesday is going to the pool, Wednesday is lunch at the park, etc.).
  4. Keep chores as part of your routines.
    • Learn how to do a new task around the house.

Continue Learning Experiences

Take advantage of teachable moments.

  1. Continue Math, Reading, and Writing in Fun Ways
    • Visit the library (keep a written or photo journal to share with others).
    • Read to your child or have them read to you (do this daily).
    • Have your child help write the grocery list, write and send postcards to family members, etc.
    • Use choice boards to allow your child to make selections (an activity they would like to do, type of snack they want, etc.)
  2. Adventures during the summer can include science museums, nature walks, historic locations, setting a goal, and learning a new skill.

Balance Family and Friends

Social skills are important and we need to continue practicing skills with friends in community settings.

  1. Meet friends for playdates.
  2. Participate in a community activity.
  3. Learn to play a new board game with friends.


Lastly, do not forget to have a Countdown Calendar for the first day of school.

This information was provided by Linda Burgen, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, who is Capper Foundation's Behavior Support Services Director. If you would like more information about our Behavior Support Services, contact us at 785.272.4060 or email us at