|You can be in charge of keeping your children off the summer |
(no matter how fun it looks!).
Of course, if there are summer programs provided by your local school system that your child qualifies for, that is your best best. They are usually structured less rigorously than a typical school day, yet provide what children need to maintain and/or improve the skills they've learned throughout the year.
However, if there isn't a program that your child qualifies for, don't worry! I have some tips and resources for you to integrate learning and fun into your child's daily summer life and an example that occurred in my house on our first day of summer break...
1) This should go without saying, but, READ, READ, READ every day and everywhere. Read to, with or even just in front of your children. It could just be a slogan, a nightly bedtime story, a recipe card, a map on a hiking trail...but take advantage of our readable world. Depending on your child's age and/or ability, point out letters, words and punctuation everywhere you go. Also, remember that it is just as important for your children to see their parents reading as it is for them to be read to.
Here are some of my favorite resources for children's books online (click it to print it off and hang on your refrigerator OR next to your computer at school):
|It is a jpeg so that you can make it whatever size you want for your purposes.|
2)Writing can easily be integrated into summer fun. How about letters to grandparents? Thank you cards for teachers? Maybe a bucket list for the summer or note cards that list things your child would like to accomplish this summer. How about a journal to record all of the fun things you are doing with your child this summer! Even just telling stories (in the car, around the fire) allows them to build their idea bank and organize their thoughts.
3) Math is everywhere! Restaurant menus, gas stations, stores, money, clocks, etc...use them to your advantage. Have children identify them, give you one that is less or more, show you a half of something or sort items (silverware, socks, etc).
4) Experiences: Provide your child with many, varied experiences that don't necessarily have to cost money. The things that they do in life build their background knowledge that guides them through their studies. The more associations they are able to make, the quicker understandings and learning will come to them and the more natural learning will come to them.
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