Four Easy Ways to Make Summer Break Fun and Educational
Playgrounds may not be the only place your kids experience a “slide” this summer. While a break from the mental taxation of school is needed, studies show most kids lose two and a half months of their math computational skills between school grades. The same loss can happen in reading during the long school break.
Just imagine the math and reading your child learned in the last marking period being completely forgotten by the fall. The good news is there is plenty of time in the summer for fun and learning.
Here are simple things parents can do to prevent learning loss and keep skills sharp through the summer.
Encourage your child to read books.
The easiest way to counter learning loss is for kids to read books. Try to incorporate reading into your child’s bedtime routine. If you have an early riser, this is a great activity first thing in the morning. Reading each day goes a long way towards developing valuable vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Enroll in a learning program.
If you want even more enrichment, the best method is to find an individualized learning program. The Kumon Math and Reading program provides customized lesson plans year-round for pre-school through high school aged children and can help prevent the summer slide.
Take a walking or biking tour.
Whether you explore your own neighborhood or a new one while on vacation, educational walking or bicycle tours are a great way to learn about history while getting some exercise.
Visit a museum.
Start by exploring your local museum’s web site to help get your child excited about a visit. Search for interactive exhibits and periods of history that your child has studied in school to make it even more engaging. Make those exhibits among your first stops when you visit the museum.
Summer is a break from school, but doesn’t have to be a break from learning. Take regular fun activities that are already planned and turn them into learning opportunities. Without even realizing it, your kids will enjoy themselves while keeping their brains stimulated and engaged.