Summer has always been synonymous with relaxation. After a long year of schooling, children want to play and enjoy their summer vacation. But “summer slide”, which is the loss of knowledge after summer vacation, tends to happen more often if we do not provide learning opportunities for our children during the summer. However, we can blend learning and fun in our summer activities. Here are a few ways to keep our children learning over the summer.
Reading is the Key to Learning
Reading is a fantastic way for children to learn as it improves their vocabulary and imagination. To prevent your child from being too overwhelmed with reading during the summer, choose an easy book to read and make a creative bookmark that they can color for each chapter they finish. When they finish reading the book after summer, they can see the colors marked on the bookmark and easily see how much progress they have made.
Learning Through Playing Games
Games are always fun, best played with friends and family, and great learning tools. There are dozens of games available out there, and many are educational. Games like Scrabble and Boggle help improve vocabulary, and Ecosystem and some math flashcards help improve math skills. Tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons are amazing for creativity, imagination, and math skills. Your child can even learn painting in the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000 by painting the small game miniatures.
Teach Them How to Cook
Cooking has always been considered an essential life skill. Teaching children how to cook is a great way to prepare them for life and gain new skills during the summer. There are dozens of easy recipes on the internet, and find one that you’ll both enjoy cooking and is easy to follow. Teach your kids proper handwashing techniques, safety tips inside the kitchen, and cleaning up after. Help improve their math skills by using fractions, converting weight, and even temperatures. Teaching your child how to cook is a bonding and learning experience for you and your child.
Be a Movie Reviewer
Children always enjoy watching movies, and there are a lot of summer blockbuster movies to watch. Choose which films are appropriate to watch, watch them together with the family, and have your child write down their review about them. Writing reviews lets them translate their thoughts and feelings into words, critique the movie they just watched, and improve language command. It is a great way to improve their writing skills.
With most people receiving vaccines and health protocols loosening, it’s safer to go outside. Bring your kids to the zoo and learn about the different animals, take a field trip to various museums, let your kids play sports at the park, or even do science experiments like Coke and Mentos or make water rockets. If you don’t feel safe going to crowded places, plan activities outside your home. Make tents and camp outside the house, scavenger hunt for different items around the house, or play catch in the yard. Going outside is a great relief for your children after staying inside the house for more than a year.
Learning in Summer is Fun
Summer is still a time for children to rest and have fun, and learning should be fun and not overwhelm them to enjoy their summer vacation. Finding that perfect balance between education and fun is our goal to prevent the summer slide and continue our children’s learning during the summer.