Summer is quickly approaching, and for most parents and children, that means a fun-filled break away from school. However, a three-month break doesn’t have to be the cause for not retaining anything they learned over the last year, nor does it mean they can’t learn anything new. Helping your kids stay engaged and learning through the summer, even if they don’t realize it, is a great way to keep them continuously honing in on their learning skills.
Schedule Interactive Learning Trips
If you are planning a vacation this summer, research the area to see if there are any history and science museums that you can take your kids to. Museums are usually really good at keeping kids engaged, sometimes even having interactive activities throughout. Between all the fun of looking at historical memorabilia or being involved in science experiments, they won’t even realize they are learning something new.
In addition to scheduling an educational experience on vacation, you can also find different ways to keep your kids learning around your very own town. Try going to the zoo or researching different local historical sites in your area to pique your child’s interest. You never know what you can find that will be a fun and educational experience for both you and your kids.
Engage Your Child In Subject-Specific Activities
Every parent wants their child to enjoy a break from school, but if you notice your child is having some difficulty in a specific subject, try an interactive activity in that specific area to help them out. Even setting aside just 20 to 30 minutes a day can be a huge game-changer in your child’s education and development. There are many online resources to help you out, or talk to your child’s teacher about ways to help them succeed this summer.
Enroll Your Child In A Summer Program
Many different churches, daycares and private schools, like Faith Academy, offer summer programs that promote learning and fun with their peers. These programs are usually filled with various things to do throughout the day such as crafts, learning activities, exercising (mentally and physically) and more to keep your child engaged throughout the summer. Faith Academy also offers a Summer Reading Program to encourage life-long reading habits and is a fun opportunity for children of most ages.
Another alternative to a summer program is summer camp! Camps are a great way to learn not just school skills, but life skills as well. From camping to team building activities, your child will learn a ton of new skills and stay sociable throughout the summer with peers their age.
There are many different ways to help your child explore and learn throughout the few months that don’t have to directly involve school. Promoting fun opportunities and learning new things can disguise the fact that they are learning and keep them engaged over the much-needed break.