As a teacher and a mom, I always try to avoid the dreaded “summer slide”. Three months off from school can cause children to forget the skills they’ve spent the whole year learning. Use these 5 fun summer learning activities to beat the “summer slide”.
You don’t need expensive practice books or a summer tutor to keep your child learning. A few cheap items will reinforce skills your child already learned and introduce new skills to prepare for the next grade.
5 Fun Summer Learning Activities
#1 – Sidewalk Chalk
You may already have some of this laying around your house. My kids got a big box of it for Easter. Take the sidewalk chalk out in front of your house, and use it to practice many different skills. It’s amazing how much more willing your children will be to write with chalk outside than with pencils inside. Give your child sight words to spell or math facts to write.
#2 – The Library
The library doesn’t cost any money. Just get a library card, and you can check out new books all summer long. Allow your children to help choose the books. That will increase their motivation to read. Depending on the age of your children, you may want to select some books they can read on their own and some to read together. Even older children still enjoy having a parent read to them.
#3 – Cooking and Learning in the Kitchen
Cooking and Learning in the Kitchen is my new way to spend time with my kids. They have always enjoyed helping me cook, and they can learn so much just by measuring ingredients and reading recipes. However, I wanted to take their learning one step farther. I developed math, reading, writing, science, and social studies activities to go with the kid-friendly recipes. While the food is baking, my kids work on the fun activities. You can download the lesson for banana bread sandwiches for free. You can also enter the giveaway for 5 free downloads from the Cooking and Learning in the Kitchen store when it opens in June. Each lesson includes a kid-friendly recipe and three learning activities for ages 3-12.
#4 – Online Learning Games
There are so many great learning activities online! Kids absolutely love them, and they are learning while they are playing. In my classroom, I use XtraMath, Front Row, and Prodigy for math review. They all have a free option, and you can read more about how much my students love them. For reading, we use Epic Books. My son’s school subscribes to Reflex Math and Storia. He will have access to both of these programs over the summer, so we will use them to reinforce skills he’s learned this year. My daughter is in pre-K and loves the ABCya! website. It has activities for pre-K through 5th grade.
#5 – Nature Walk
Go on a nature walk around your neighborhood or a local park. Count how many animals you see. Use your senses to identify sounds and smells. Collect rocks, sticks, and other items along the way. When you get home, sort the items and compare them based on size or color. There are so many things to learn from nature.
No More “Summer Slide”
A little bit of time learning this summer will help your child avoid the dreaded “summer slide” while still having plenty of time for sliding, swinging, and other summer fun. Use these 5 fun summer learning activities to keep your kids learning all summer long. If you love these ideas, check out 5 More Fun Summer Learning Activities to Beat the “Summer Slide”.
What other fun summer learning activities do you do with your children?
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