While summer is a time for a bit more relaxation, it doesn't mean that learning has to end. How do you keep little minds thinking over the summer months? Below are some ideas to keep your kids learning over the summer months.
SUMMER LEARNING ACTIVITY IDEAS
- Become a "tourist" in your town or in nearby cities. There are many learning opportunities if you go to places and do things you wouldn't normally do every day.
- Visit a nursing home or veteran’s home and spend an hour listening to stories from the older generation.
- Head to your local library. Many local libraries host summer reading programs for school age kids during the summer months.
- Involve kids in real-life tasks. Adding a little more responsibility to their day is a great way to keep kids' brains engaged. Ask them to write out your shopping lists, count out the money at the store, or count and sort your bedside coin collection.
- Check out your city’s cultural offerings. Museums and zoos often have day programs every week or two that can give great hands-on learning experiences.
- Nature hikes can provide a ton of science exploration.
- Make some art. Take the kids out to the driveway with some colorful sidewalk chalk. Help your kids draw pictures, play games (tic-tac-toe, etc.), write their names or the names of what they see around them, and so much more. It’s the perfect combination of being outdoors while developing creativity and other valuable skills.
- Form a parent-child book group. It keeps children interested in reading, while building friendships for both you and your child.