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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

7 Ideas for Keeping Kids Engaged and Learning Over the Summer

It’s hard to believe that summer is already half over! Just because your child is off on summer break, that shouldn’t keep them from continuing to stay engaged in learning. Summer vacation can be a great time to focus on learning activities that fit your child’s specific interests. Here are a few ways you can keep your young person engaged over the summer and make the transition from summer to school a little smoother this year!

  1. Game Day

Turn one of your summer days into a fun, competitive day by making the whole day about games. They can be indoor and out, physical or mental. Think scavenger hunts, family races, cook offs…anything that gets your child using their brains. Make it even more fun and challenging by having your child create their own board game.

Connect it to learning: They can base their board game on their favorite book.

Here is a great article about helping them design their own board game. https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/learning-toolkit-blog/learning-challenge-kids-design-board-game.html

  1. Color Day

Make a summer splash with a fun color day! Select a color as a theme, green, for, example. You can build the entire project around your theme color and incorporate outdoor and indoor elements. Do an art project themed around green, cook together (think green eggs and ham breakfast to tie in a book), or have a family fashion show with everything green! Explore a new color each week and repeat!

Connect it to learning: Have your child write their own adventure using the color theme. Here are some great story starters to help your child get started. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/

  1. Summer Cleaning Day

Ok, ok, ok. I know how this one sounds. You’re asking yourself, ‘How am I supposed to get the kids to clean’? Turn it into a game. Start a song and tell your child they must pick up their room (or other area of the house) before the song ends. If they get it finished, they get a prize. Select a different area of the house each week to de-clutter. Check out more ideas to turn cleaning into fun at https://www.parents.com/parenting/home/how-to-make-cleaning-fun-for-kids/

Connect it to learning: If you are going through clothes, have your child help count their items of clothing, do a clothing sort by color or help them create a graph of their cleaning times after a month of playing the cleaning game.

  1. Star-Gazing Night

This awesome activity requires no money and helps your child develop a love and appreciation for the stars and you don’t have to be an expert astronomer to stargaze with your kids; you can learn right alongside them. Download a few star maps to help you figure out what you’re looking at and see if you can find one constellation a night. If your student is too young to stay up late enough for the stars to come out, there are some great activities you can do with them at this website. https://www.parentmap.com/article/stargazing-crafts

Connect it to Learning: Have your child read a book that is related to space and astronomy. They can take what they have learned and create a star-gazing journal where they track what they’ve seen and learned about the stars.

  1. Music Day

Music has been shown to engage your entire brain. That’s a lot of brain power! Challenge kids to rewrite the lyrics to some of their favorite songs or create a funny rap about their favorite TV show. Or ask them to put on their "advertising hats" and create a 30-second jingle to market their favorite toy, book, snack, or hobby. You can also help their budding musical abilities by making your own musical instruments. With just a few craft supplies your kids can make some awesome music makers. Have them play along to their favorite songs or make up their own! Here is a great article for how to make your own instruments http://redtri.com/homemade-instruments/slide/2

Connect it to learning: Have your child put together a how to video using a cell phone. They can walk through the process of making their own instrument. They’ll learn teaching skills and learn how to create step by step instructions.

  1. Building Day

With the hot summer weather keeping us inside most days, building a fort can help bring the outdoors into your living room. You can even make it an overnight adventure by rolling out some sleeping bags or blankets and sleeping in your fort. Use materials from your home to help create an epic blanket fort where you can watch movies. Getting tired of building forts? Next week, change the idea to building a maze in your house!

Connect it to learning: Design a floor plan on graph paper. Once the project is complete have children determine the fort dimensions and teach your children how to find the area and perimeter of the fort. Check out this article on how building a fort can help teach STEM skills to kids. https://fortmagic.com/building-a-playhouse-fort-can-teach-stem-skills-to-kids/

  1. Play Day

Never underestimate the power of a good day of playing. Kids who play learn a variety of skills including: cognitive skills, physical abilities, new vocabulary, social skills and literacy skills. Research also shows that play can be great for reducing stress (yes your kids get stressed out too).

Connect it to learning: Here are some really great activities you can do with your kids that incorporate learning into their play time. https://www.learning4kids.net/play-activities-by-age/

 

Keeping your kids engaged and learning over the summer doesn’t have to be boring! Just remember to be creative and switch it up to keep them engaged.

We’ll see you back in school Tuesday, August 13th!!! Don’t forget on-site registration will take place Friday, July 26 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Monday July, 29 from 12p.m. - 7 p.m.