As the end of the school year looms near most kids are overjoyed with the thought of a Summer without books and homework, but taking the summer off can lead to a loss of those hard earned skills and is what educators call “the summer slide”. Studies have found this is especially detrimental to student with learning difficulties.
Not to fear here are some fun educational activities you can do with your children to keep their brains in shape over the summer:
- Make summer learning part of the fun by encouraging struggling readers to use audiobooks to build their knowledge and vocabulary while exposing them to age-appropriate content beyond their reading level.
- Help kids “frontload” for the next school year by exposing them to information they will be able to apply to next year´s curriculum. For example, students who will be learning about American history next year might prompt a family trip to the Freedom Trail in Boston or to a local area of historical interest.
- Sign up for a library summer reading program these usually offer awesome prizes and incentives to inspire students to read and improve their school performance
- Limit screen time to activities that build competencies-games that build math skills, word games, and films that will inspire students to the read the book on which they were based. Even education screen time in no substitute for unstructured play or quite reading under a favorite tree.
- Read books together as a family and make a treat or visit a place that goes along with the theme book when you finish it.
- Make one day a week science day and build a project, collect specimens on a nature hike, or try out some interesting experiments.
- Taking a family trip or vacation? Help your children create a travel journal and document events of the day and gather pictures and mementos.
- Do your children love to help you in the kitchen? Have them practice measuring and following recipes directions while trying out some new recipes.
- Visit local museums, galleries, city gardens etc.
- Sign your child up for an academic based day camp or class in a subject they enjoy. At our learning center we offer fun and challenging summer programs to help keep improve your child´s abilities and keep their brains in tip top shape. Give us a call today at (210) 495-2626, or JOIN US and other parents at our Parent Information Meetings on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities.