Summer vacation gives both students and teachers time to take a break and unwind. Unfortunately, most students lose a large portion of the information that they have learned throughout the school year during summer break. So, what can you do keep your children learning this summer?
Motivate your children to read this summer. Make the library an important summer trip. Your children can check out a wide variety of books, magazines, and even movies at their local library. Reading during the summer break will help to keep their reading skills up, and it could introduce them to new vocabulary words.
Some teachers opt to send home a reading and vocabulary list for the summer. Even if your children’s teacher did not, encourage them to read books to read while they are out over the break. Have them keep a reading journal. In this journal, they can write down key information from the book, any questions they have about something they read, or any vocabulary words that they are unfamiliar with. Discuss these books and journals with your children to ensure they actually comprehended what they read and to give them a reason to keep reading.
Gardening is not only fun. It is educational too. Students can continue to learn science while having fun growing plants. Your children can learn the different parts of a plant and their functions. You can explain how weather conditions affect plant growth.
Don’t let your children lose their writing skills over the summer. Assign them some fun writing activities. Explain the various types of poems to your kids. Provide them with examples of each. Then, have your children compose several different types of poems.
Most blockbusters make their debut during the summer. So, instead of discouraging your students from watching these movies, encourage them to become a movie critic. Let them watch the movie and write a review of it.
Help your children work on their spelling while they are out for summer vacation. Compose four or five weeks worth of spelling words, and have your children learn how to spell them. And like the books on the summer reading list, you should discuss these spelling words and test them on the words once a week.
Grab some paper, pencils, paint brushes, and crayons. Summer is a wonderful time to create artwork. Encourage your kids to capture nature on canvas. They can draw or paint pictures of various plants, insects, and animals. They can even use these pictures to create their own informational picture books.
Nature walks are also a fun way to keep your children learning over the summer. And, nature walks provide a way for your children to experience nature. They can observe the different wildlife, insects, and plants while out walking. This is a great time to teach children the difference between flowering and non-flowering plants. Collect samples of each variety during your nature walk. Then, help the students distinguish the difference between the two. Nature walks can also provide students with tons of pictures of their scrapbooks or photo journals.
Let your students help plan the family menu. While planning the menu, stress the importance of including the recommended servings from each food group. You can even discuss the nutrients and vitamins found in the food listed on the menu.
Don’t let your children start school behind. Use some of the fun activities listed above to help them keep learning throughout the summer.