Whether your kids are homeschooled, attend public or private school it seems like there is so much learning lost during the summer when you take the long break. But there are ways to “sneak in” some learning that still count as fun. 20 minutes a day of intentional educational activities can make all the difference in your child’s summer learning loss. Here are 6 things we are planning to do this summer to keep our minds sharp…
6 Ways to Keep Kids Learning Through Summer
- Reading Programs- Even during summer kids can read AND earn a prize for doing so with Pizza Hut’s Book It Program where they earn a personal pan pizza for pages turned or Barnes and Nobles summer reading program where they can earn a free book! Chuck E Cheese has even jumped in on the fun and offers free tokens for reading.
- Field Trips- I love how doing fun things can easily turn into an educational activity with just a tiny bit of leading. Beach trips are a great time for taking a look at tide pools, a trip to the zoo is good for brushing up on animal geography, and a cross-country road trip can be an intentional lesson on landmarks and geography.
- Educational Shows- Wild Kratts has taught my kids more about the animal kingdom than just about anything else. I am thrilled that they beg to watch Liberty Kids, or that Shark Week provides an opportunity for learning while vegging out on the couch. My son showed no interest in being in the kitchen with me until Food Network’s Alton Brown made kitchen science cool- Thanks Alton!
- Online Educational Games- In our technology soaked world screen time is valued above everything else. While I am trying to make it a mostly screen free summer I also believe that it has its place. My kids are more willing to get some learning in when it is a fun app or website on the computer. Some of our favorites are Code.org, Brainpop, and Prodigy.
- Workbooks- This type of work is usually my last resort as I want the kids to feel like they are really getting a break from school and just enjoying themselves. But one kid loves workbooks the other hates them. They are good for long rides in the car or while waiting at the doctor’s office so I pull them out then.
- Cooking- Cooking combines math, reading, and science, it would also be easy to sneak in some geography with regional cooking nights! Cooking is also a great way to practice following directions and gives them a real world life skill! We are getting ready to jump into this My First Kitchen Binder from Proverbial Homemaker. Click on the photo below to be taken to her shop now!
How do you keep your kids on the learning track during the summer?