Get Ready to BLAST OFF with Summer Learning
Admit it, Mom (or Dad)! When warm weather and longer days arrive, it’s easy to let your mind drift away from education. While you may be tempted to “let kids be kids” this summer, this practice can result in significant learning loss. Most students forget two months of math skills, and many slip in their reading achievement as well. Fortunately, if you start planning now, you can prevent this learning loss by integrating learning into your child’s activities!
Here are some simple steps you can take now to get ready to BLAST OFF into a summer of learning and avoid the “summer slump”!
B is for Brainstorming. Ask your kids to put on their thinking caps and brainstorm about what they’d like to learn! Were there any subjects during the school year that captured their interest? Do they want to delve deeper into a topic related to their hobbies?
L is for Learning opportunities. Learning opportunities are everywhere! Can you work an educational side trip into your family vacation? Are there any historical sites, museums, nature preserves, factories, or other interesting places you can tour? Be sure to also look in your immediate area for any cool educational day trip ideas.
S is for Suggestions. While your virtual school is still in session, ask your child’s teacher for summer reading suggestions. Your local librarian and other families with kids around the same age as yours may have some good recommendations, as well. You may also want to investigate books online, online reading programs, and any reading programs at your area library.
T is for Talking to the Teacher. Discuss whether there are any specific concepts and skills you should practice with your child during summer break. Starting now gives you time to find learning resources, games, and websites to use.
O is for Organizing. Before your virtual school closes for the summer, network with other parents about organizing a summer gathering of virtual school families for group activities or a “field trip.”
F is for Family project. Think creatively to come up with an enjoyable family project that can incorporate learning. Planning, planting, and maintaining a vegetable garden offers an abundance of opportunities for learning about weather, nutrition, and science. Cooking or building things provides opportunities to practice math and measuring skills. The possibilities for family fun are endless!
F is for Fun! Many games for kids have opportunities for learning hiding beneath the surface. Check out our list of fun and secretly educational games your family can try!
We hope these ideas for extending learning into summer help you BLAST OFF and rocket through a wonderful break. Regardless of which way you choose to keep your kids learning this summer, be sure to make it memorable and to enjoy yourselves!
What creative, fun things have you done to keep kids learning until school starts again? Share your most exciting and enjoyable ideas in the comments below.