The lazy, hazy days of summer are a time to let kids relax and enjoy being kids. Being out of the classroom doesn’t have to mean that kids stop learning or that they forget what they learned during the school year. Try these creative ways to keep kids using their brains over the summer vacation:
Read Together Reading aloud is a skill that takes practice, so choose a book to read aloud as a family. Have each family member take a turn reading a paragraph or page, depending on the ages of your children. Experiment with character voices to add variety to the reading. Don’t forget to have a dictionary handy to look up unfamiliar words. Read only a chapter a day to leave everyone wanting more.
Embrace a New Culture Select a faraway country and explore! Find the country on a globe, and calculate how far it is from your home. Learn about what life is like for children in another culture, and discuss what is the same or different. What language do the people speak? What clothes do they wear? What food do they eat?
Play Computer Games Repetition is vital to maintaining math skills. Educational computer games can be a painless way to keep math skills fresh. In as little as 20 minutes a day, a computer program such as DreamBox Learning can sharpen your child’s math abilities using fun, interactive math lessons and games.
Write It Down Handwriting is a skill that can deteriorate if it goes unused. Encourage your kids to keep a handwritten journal of their summer activities. Decorate a notebook and provide fun pens and pencils. Inspire your young authors with writing prompts such as these: My Favorite Pet, My Top Ten, or What I Want to Be When I Grow Up.
Cook Up a Math Lesson Cooking is a good way to practice fractions. Open your recipe box and pull out a family favorite. Let the kids read the recipe, measure out the ingredients, and divide the final product into equal portions. For a bigger challenge, have kids double the recipe.
Summer is a time for kids to relax and enjoy the company of their family members and friends. Add in the right activities, and there is no reason your kids won’t head back to school with good memories and a solid foundation for the new school year.