Summer Academic Planning- June 7th, 2017

Grab your calendar, your kids and let’s get to work!

By: Mary Miele, Founder of The Evolved Education Company


Guest Blog Post

Hello Diva Moms #divamoms and #glama Happy May! I am so grateful for Lyss’s offer to write this blog to help you all learn ways to keep your children engaged in the summer time. Please feel free to read, share this, and contact me with any questions you have!MARY

Before I assign you any summertime homework, I will do what I would do with my students, and conduct a proper introduction. My name is Mary Miele and I am currently a mother to three amazing children. I am the CEO of two companies, The Evolved Education Company, which provides tutoring and education consulting services to families in their homes in NYC, the Hamptons, and the larger Tri-State Area, and SEPAQ Inc., which provides inventories to help professionals, parents, educators and students to survey social, emotional and physical well-being. I come to these roles from a long career in education – working as a learning specialist in both public and private sectors.  My passion is in the learning process! I LOVE unlocking students’ highest academic potential. Glamour to me is intelligence and empowerment that comes from truly addressing and improving all areas of oneself.

In my younger years, I grew up as the oldest of four daughters. We lived all over the country, in the mid-west, west coast and east coast, as my father worked within scientific, academic research. I gain my friendly attitude from these early moving experiences. I was fortunate to attend NYU where I gained the foundation for my career in education, and where I met my husband. Since then, we’ve settled in NYC where we also raise our three children, ages 10, 6 and 3. I embrace all of my roles as a parent, wife, community member, educator and businesswoman.

I founded Evolved Education in 2014 because I saw a void in the tutoring and education consulting industry. There needed to be a place for parents to come for everything needed to support their whole student from pre k through college. At the time, I was a busy learning specialist working with families in New York City. I witnessed too many tutors coming to their role with workbooks, curriculum and a one-sized-fits-all philosophy. In addition, too many companies were hiring less experienced educators without support, or not fully celebrating seasoned, qualified educators. As a result, on the front lines, the student’s experiences were not as meaningful as they could have been. Evolved Education provides families with a true partnership around their student’s overall education process, and it is a place for the very best educators to thrive.

Now that you know about me, what kind of work I do, and how Evolved works, I would love to empower you to help the students in your life to take advantage of the summertime so that they can start the FALL 2017 in a strong academic place. For many parents, summer time transitions include academic planning. For most school-aged children, summer lasts anywhere from eight to sixteen weeks. During that time, studies tell us that without any academic activity, a child may lose up to 2/3 of their academic aptitude and skill if they do not read, engage in math and other academic concepts. You, Diva Mom, have the power to avoid this summer slide by taking steps now – before the summer begins – to ensure your child is in a position to thrive once school starts again. #takecharge


This advice applies to all students as early as pre k- through college.


#calendar Now is a great time to sit down and get a plan together for how the summer is going to pan out for your student. If you can’t commit to the time needed to make a plan, outsource it, but don’t skip this assignment. Even if your child is away at camp for eight weeks, you still need a plan.

Step 1: Create a calendar of your summer.        

Create a calendar of your summer. You can print templates using Microsoft Word or use a wall calendar.

Step 2: What are you already committed to doing this summer?

Fill the calendar with what you are already committed to. Input dates and details for camps, classes, family commitments, and/or social events.

Step 3: Write down what academic work your child MUST do this summer.

Create this list by:

Talking with your child’s teacher. What does your child’s teacher believe he or she should work on this summer?

Make a note of what courses your child will take next year — are any of them going to be challenging for your child? If so, you may consider previewing course work. This is especially popular for students entering 8th through 12th grade.

Step 4: Categorize the academic work your student MUST do this summer.

Every day work = work your student needs to complete each day.

Every week work = work your student needs to complete each week.

Every month work = work your student needs to complete each month.

If you like to color-code, that works well for this step. Every day = Blue; Every week = Purple and Every month = Red

Step 5: Place the academic work your student MUST do this summer onto his or her summer calendar.                                                                                                        

For all children, at any age, it is helpful to work through this process alongside or with your child. In this way, your child will have ownership over when each task can and will be completed.

For instance, maybe your child would prefer to get up a half an hour early for camp to read and work on a math worksheet instead of doing this at the end of the camp day. How will you know this unless you ask your child?


A plan is only as good as its execution. You might need a few Diva Mom tricks to get your child to get to work!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Have answers ready for when you receive push back.

#notforme Student: “But mom, no one else has to do this summer work!”

Your response: “Yes, but in the [insert your family name here] house, we all do summer work. It is our way.”

#blamegame Student: “I am having the WORST summer. It’s all your fault”

Your response: [deep breath, call to fellow mom friend to vent] “I’m sorry you feel you are having the worst summer. Let’s look at the work you need to do and I’m happy to get your ideas for how it will get done.” – the key here is that the work is NON-NEGOTIABLE, but how and when they get it done may be negotiable.

*If you get other pushbacks, feel free call me and I’ll help you work through them!


Create a routine around completing summer work with your child. Write down this routine on a checklist sheet and laminate it. Grab a few dry erase markers and put the checklist in one spot in your house—preferably near the summer calendar.  

Have your student work through the checklist a few times with you before you allow your student to work through the checklist on his or her own.

Create a weekly review lunch or dinner for you and your child to reflect on work completed and to amend plans as needed.                                                     

Each week, it is important to schedule a time to sit with your child and review tasks completed and amend plans as needed.

Sometimes, a child will become sick, or a family will be invited to a friend’s place to swim and plans need to be changed. This is all okay as long as you have the ability to move tasks to another day!

Many children and families find that planning either on a Thursday evening or Sunday evening (or both) is a helpful routine to establish.


#aceit The start of school is always so much more pleasant when students are not cramming three books, a math packet and test prep into the last weeks of August. By planning out work to do over time (even around camp), students can establish longer-term balance and reap the benefits of summertime work.

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