Make Summer Fun While Enhancing the Learning Curve
- April 18, 2018
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
As spring glides toward summer, thoughts of time off, vacations, hanging out with friends and just relaxing can distract kids’ thinking.
Some kids will head for summer camp or travel to spend a few weeks with friends or relatives. For some, it’s a chance to ‘catch up’ on reading, math or another subject. But, while summer may be well-earned time off, a little forethought on how you’ll spend it pays off.
Summer presents a great learning opportunity if it’s approached with a little fun in mind. For parents and teachers, finding out what kids are most curious about, what they want to learn more about, or what they love to do is a great first step. Surprisingly, that might be anything from learning another language to how to build your own kayak.
Parents can avoid the “I’m bored” syndrome and make a huge contribution by helping to keep kids stimulated and on a healthy learning curve during summer months. Here are some ideas that both teachers and parents can share to give summer a fresh, new twist.
Summer reading can be fun and keeps kids actively thinking. Let them select a favorite book and ask them to write a new ending to it, or add a new character that changes the way the story reads. What about recording their own audio book?
Museums and zoos offer an intriguing setting where kids can explore science and art in new ways, especially if you engage in a ‘scavenger hunt’ while you’re there.
Flash cards may seem far too outdated, but they’re a great way to review the basic math facts. Mix it up for variety and add some word challenges, too.
Local events and media coverage present numerous opportunities for a research or campaign project. Kids can keep a journal through summer and share it with their class when school starts up again in the fall.
Get creative and check out other ideas on the internet for ways to make summer a fun, inspiring learning time that benefits everyone.