Every year for nine months children attend school. When summer arrives both parents and their children are ready for a much needed rest. Even though school is out for the summer does not mean that your child’s learning has to stop. Here are some simple ideas that will make learning fun and keep your child’s mind and body active all summer long and will better prepare them for the next upcoming school year.
Take your child to the local library. Most of them have activities for children to do all summer long.
Give your child a dictionary and let them learn new words. Tell them to make a list of 5 interesting words each day and then let them tell you what each one means.
Go to the local natatorium for a day of swimming and have mini races in the pool.
Give your child a jump rope and let them create a game to play using the jump rope.
Your child can start his or her own bug collection and then look up each insect in the dictionary.
Start a rock collection and then let the child find out what type of rocks they find.
Play games with your child, which requires thinking such as subtraction, counting, adding or memorization.
You & your child can make salt dough letters & numbers and your child can create his or her own games using the letters and numbers. Combine enough flour, water and salt until the dough is thick and doughy and handles easily and holds its shape. Roll out the dough and cut the dough into numbers & letter shapes using Cookie Cutters shapes. Bake each letter and number for 12-15 minutes in a 250-degree oven. Let dry for about 20-30 minutes before painting. Acrylic paints seem to work the best since they dry faster. But you can use oil based paints if you want to but they take longer to dry.
Give your child a telescope and let them learn the stars and planets in the night sky.
Take a walk with your children and let them count how many birds they see during your walk. Each time you walk see how many birds they can find.
If you live near a beach see how many different shells your child can find and then let them read about the many different seashells on line.
Allow your child to plan the family dinner for 2 nights out of the week. This will help to teach them to plan things ahead and will also teach them about math deciding on how much of each food to make.
Buy your child a few baby chicks to raise and then once the chicks begin to lay eggs then the child can gather the eggs. Let your child calculate when the chicks will begin to lay eggs and this will give your child something to keep a journal about.
Studies were done 2007 in 300 elementary schools on over 5,000 children and these studies found that during a child’s summer vacation from school, the average child loses 2.6 months of the math skills he consumed while he or she was in school. Studies also found that while children are out of school for the summer they tend to gain weight faster and easier. This is why it is important to keep our children’s minds and bodies active during the summer vacation from school.
Sources: wondertime magazine