I can’t believe summer vacation will begin in just a few days. As a teacher I must give my public service announcement about the importance of maintaining a summer learning routine. By this, I don’t mean skill and drill worksheets that will result in a battle between you and your child, but rather fun activities that keep their brains thinking and charged up. It’s all about disguising the learning because after all learning can and should be FUN!
You don’t want your child to experience “Summer Slide” because if their brain sits idle for too long it may result in a loss of academic skills. Not only have I witnessed this first hand but there is a ton of research about the loss of learning that occurs over summer break for some students. When it comes to learning, nobody wants to see his or her child slide backwards. Here is a wide range of engaging activities that your kids (and you) will enjoy!
Click StopSummerSlide.pptx for a printable with over 100 high interest ideas. There are activities for toddler through upper elementary children.
(Above is just a sample of the pages. Click StopSummerSlide.pptx for the entire document.)
Read, Read, Read!!!
This is the single most important thing your child should do throughout the summer. Signing up for the summer reading program at your local library is always a motivator for reading. Read to your children, with your children and encourage them to read as much as they can.
Build background knowledge about places you’ll be visiting. For example, if you are going on vacation to Washington D.C. read books with your child and have them learn a little history about what they will be seeing. Perhaps they can help you plan the itinerary or keep a journal about their experiences.
Here is one of my favorite quotes that emphasis the importance of exposing your child to a wide variety of opportunities.
Have an entertaining summer and remember to squeeze in some learning time!