As a teacher, I feel very proud at the end of the school year because of the growth in learning that my students have shown. But, I am also aware of the “summer slump” many students experience. Many times when I test student reading skills when we return back to school, their levels have gone down since the end of the last school year. Some students, more than others.
Parents need to ask teachers what they can do over the summer to keep their children learning.
Here’s a long list of FUN ways kids can learn over the summer beyond using a pencil and paper.
1. Outside Discoveries
2. The Grocery Store
3. Physical Learning
This was great for rainy days. But what about those HOT summer days? Children can also be part of family BBQ by learning outside cooking skills or setting the table (counting place settings etc).
5. Learning from Modeling
When parents model reading and writing at home (by both Mom AND Dad), children learn that those things are part of daily life – not just things they do at school.
6. Reading and Writing
Imagine the multitude of times/places/reasons for reading and writing through the summer! My own children always had a writer’s notebook or journal with them. It used to lay around everywhere to be picked up upon inspiration. Kids learn so much by doing their own writing.
Bringing books on road trips or camping trips can be a real life saver for parents and prevent boredom in the kids. (Pack a flashlight!)
When my kids were little we camped a lot. Is that one of your fun family vacations too?
Think back to all the learning I discussed above. All of that learning can be put together during a camping experience!! I guess that is why I used to love camping so much! Real life learning at its best!