Keep Them Learning With Summer Learning Activities
It may seem as though learning needs to take a vacation right along with your child this summer, but that's not that case. It may not be easy to get your child to sit down for a formal summer schooling session, but there are a number of summer learning activities and summer reading lists that can be used to supplement your child's fun and prevent summer learning loss.
Your child may moan and groan at the thought of assigned reading, which is probably why many school districts and teachers hesitate to assign books to be read over the summer.
That doesn't mean that your child shouldn't be reading. Whether he's entering kindergarten in the fall and practicing his reading readiness skills or is moving out of picture books and devouring chapter books by the shelf, there are always new books to be explored
- A First Grade Summer Reading List
- A Second Grade Summer Reading List
- A Third Grade Summer Reading List
- A Fourth Grade Summer Reading List
Summer Math Activities
There are a number of ways for you to teach math skills at home, but your child doesn't necessarily have to stay home this summer to practice his math. Luckily, math can be found everywhere and, as teachers and parents know, it's important to make use of those teachable moments when they occur. Be on the lookout for those teachable math moments in the following places:
- At the store. There are many mathematical challenges to be found at the grocery store.
- On the road. Add some new road trip (math) games so you don't spend the whole trip counting blue cars or looking for cows.
- On the computer. Your child's electronic time can be educational as well as fun, as there are a number of websites which have math games online.
- In the kitchen. By nature, cooking is a mathematical endeavor, so why not spice up dinner with some kitchen math?
Summer Science Activities
Summer is the perfect time to learn more about science and nature. Whether it's reading about and learning how to garden, building a bird feeder or planting a butterfly garden, summer weather and life forms provide great opportunities to keep learning about science all summer long. Some other ways to prevent that summer learning loss are to:
- Invest in a science kit. Science kits are excellent for the self-directed learner, one who wishes to explore a topic at his own pace. Your budding IT professional will enjoy an electronics or circuit board kit while your ecologically-minded child is likely to love a rock tumbler or crystal-growing kit.
- Invest in some extra time with your child. Choose a day a week and try out some fun science experiments with your child. You'll be amazed what you can do with simple household items!