Well, hello summer! For many kids, that might mean ice cream cones, beach days, playing outside, exploring, bike riding, or relaxing.
With warm weather, endless imagination, and potential adventures, school might seem like a distant memory. For a few weeks, it is. While kids are on a school break, that doesn’t mean the joy of learning has to stop. Your child can have some creative fun and still learn at the same time.
So, what can you do? As a parent, here are 6 ideas for keeping summer brain drain at bay and they don’t involve boring worksheet packets or book reports!
1. Emphasize play time. Yes, playtime is good for a kid! From creating imaginary worlds and exploring, to escaping into new ideas, play is a way for kids to get new ideas and inspiration. Playtime can also be constructive and meaningful – have your child make new inventions with one of our kits or invent a new twist on capture the flag or hide & seek.
2. Read all of the books. Reading improves learning across all subjects and promotes creative thinking. Whether it’s a buzzy YA novel, poetry, a graphic novel, or nonfiction, encourage your child to unlock the joy and power of reading. Plan a trip to the library during your first week of summer break.
3. Learn something new each week. Keep this rule simple and small. Focus on one new idea, term, or concept for your budding scholar to learn each week. Pick a current event, a vocabulary word, an important historical figure, a literary device, a math equation, or an astronomy or biology term to study. It’s one idea each week, so the workload and stress levels are low.
4. Take trips. Not all trips have to involve traveling – transport your child into another world with books, podcasts, and important films or documentaries. Look into day trips to local museums, historical sites, parks, fairs, and zoos for enrichment experiences. Encourage your child to write journal entries about his or her experiences and reactions.
5. Talk it out. Always keep the door open for conversations. Kids want to experience life with you, but also check-in with you. Did you watch an insightful and funny movie together? Talk about it. Discover what makes your son or daughter tick. The answers might surprise you.
6. Try a hands-on activity together. This is not only one of the best ways to talk and bond, but also a great way to learn something together. Make a meal or a fancy dessert. Build a fort in your house or backyard. Take a dance, coding, music, or yoga class together. The options are endless and the results are priceless.