Keeping Your Kids Learning Over Summer Break
When kids are on summer break, the last thing on their minds is to learn. But as a parent, you may start to worry about your child falling behind due to the halt. Also, your kids are most likely not want to sit down and do more school work. So how do you stimulate their brains during summer in a fun way? Check out this list of ways to keep your kids learning over summer break!
Build Something Together
Help your kids build something. Following the directions enhances their reading skills, and measuring reinforces their math skills. This fun learning activity of creating something useful using their own hands and mind creates a sense of pride in their accomplishment.
Challenge Them to a Read-a-Thon
Designate a family reading time (parents included). Everyone can spend time reading and then take turns talking about what they have read.
Conduct Science Experiments
Find experiments that can be done safely at home using household items. Kids can read the directions, make the shopping list for supplies and measure any ingredients needed.
Encourage Them to Keep a Journal
Try writing a prompt at the top of the page to give your kids a place to start or begin a story and let each person take a turn writing a part of it. You can even let the kids illustrate the story or write messages back and forth to each other.
Enroll Them in Summer Camps
Sign them up for summer camps that encourage math, science, and reading.
Find Free Online Educational Websites
Many websites provide learning through free games and adventures that engage children. These websites have multiple levels that keep your child stimulated and advance in difficulty as your child masters the skills being taught.
Plan Family Game Nights
Set aside one night a week to play board games with the whole family. These games can reinforce math and reading skills.
Have a Scavenger Hunt
Using maps, have your kids follow clues and solve problems to help them find the hidden items.
Take Family Trips
Spend the day with your kids at a local museum, nature center, or zoo. Explore, laugh together and talk about what you’re seeing, experiencing, and feeling.
Take Them Grocery Shopping
Have your child write the grocery list, and then use the shopping experience to discuss prices and making healthy food choices.
Use Your Kitchen as a Classroom
Spend time cooking or baking with the kids. Use simple recipes that encourage kids to read the directions and use their math skills to measure ingredients. The payoff is delicious.