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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean that the learning ends!
Over the years I have experimented time and time again with summer learning. There has been everything from great success stories to complete failures. I have absolutely bored my kids to death and sparked new interests. We have put the focus too much on learning forgetting to make things fun and we have gone days on end with no learning at all.
5 years later, I feel like we are finally in a system that has balance. Today I want to show you a few ways that we plan to have fun with summer learning this year.
Before I share my list, I have two things to say about summer learning.
#1 Know your schedule
If we are going to get anything accomplished, it has to be done in the morning. The afternoons usually mean we end up at the pool and once we get home the rest of our day is a blur. Making the most of our morning hours is always a good idea.
#2 Keep things fun
Nothing wrecks the summer fun like pressure to perform and work that stresses a kid out. Trust me, I know this first hand 😳 . Keeping things fun and playful during the summer gives moms and students the break they so desperately need.
Since my kids are “older” 😥 most of these activities are going to be best for kids ages 4 or 5-12.
Remember these things?! Knowing how hard our oldest kids have been working to learn the parts of the speech, Anna and I decided Mad Libs Junior would be a GREAT way to keep those skills sharp over the summer.
We spend more time in the car during the summer months than any other time of the year. Why not make use of that time?! From drilling multiplication tables to state capitals it is the perfect chance to squeeze in a little bit of extra work.
Several nature centers, science centers, art centers, and libraries offer free summer learning classes during the summer months. Be sure to see what is available in your area.
Explode The Code
Keeping reading skills sharp during the summer months is really important for young readers. We have always been HUGE fans of Explode the Code phonics. They have both workbooks and an online program that are equally amazing.
Sheppard is one of my favorite hidden gems. Thanks to their US Geography games Marissa knows where the states all go WAY better than I do. She creams me each time we try level four (give it a try, you know you want to). Sheppard has tons of absolutely free games and resources that you should definitely check out!
Have I mentioned just how much I love summer reading?! I think I probably have 😉 . Be sure to check your local library for summer reading clubs that usually run during the months of July and August.
One of my goals for the future is to brush up my nature skills. Being able to identify trees, plants, birds… maybe even snakes. Why not practice and learn with your kids?! Look for tracks, collect leaves or flowers, go on a nature scavenger hunt. Exploring is one of the best ways to learn.
Science Centers/ Art Museums
When you are trying to stay cool in the heat of the summer make sure you check out a science center or maybe even an art museum. You are bound to find something interesting to see or do.
Turning TV time into educational time is one of the oldest mom tricks in the book. A few of my favorite programs are Liberty Kids, Wild Kratts, and I am super excited to introduce my girls to Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego soon.
Creative writing can be one of Marissa’s least favorite things to do so I have to be sneaky. One way I do this is with a Marissa and Mommy notebook. I write her a note, leave it by her bed and then she writes me one back and we repeat. It is a fun way to communicate and work on writing skills. I never correct her errors when we do this. I just smile and take it as practice. It has been such a sweet way to communicate over the past year.
What is your favorite way to keep your kids learning during the summer?
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