5 Tips To Make Summer Education Fun For Your Kids

July 19th, 2016

summer educationThe first day of school is looming as we head towards the end of July. There’s nothing wrong with giving your kids a bit of a break from education for a bit. After all, you take vacations from work and going to school is your kid’s job, right? That said, it’s a good idea to keep the brain cells firing on all cylinders as we head back into the school year. Here are a few tips to keep summer education substantive and fun.

  1. Grow A Garden – There’s a lot of science that goes into growing a garden. What kind of nutrients are best for sweet corn and green beans? How much water do they need each day? Charting the growth of plants and how much produce came from them helps with math skills. And…they’re outside not watching TV or playing video games. Add that to weeding the garden as a daily/weekly chore and you’ve got something to occupy hours of their time.
  2. Start A Book Club – Your kids don’t need to be doing book reports on War & Peace to have an educational summer. Introduce (or re-introduce) them to Harry Potter or another age-appropriate series they and their friends could read and then have them discuss it each week. They read a few books and you feel like a superhero for getting your kids to willingly read.
  3. Take A Vacation – Yes! Really! As we mentioned recently, there are some photogenic places you can head out to see this summer and many of them have historical value. But, you don’t need to hit the National Mall to explore American history. Do some research on historical landmarks around your area or en route to your vacation destination and open up the world of the past.
  4. Encourage Creative Drawing – Have your kids get out the crayons and coloring book and go to town. Letting kids doodle and create silly pictures helps them recognize and organize the world among them. According to this article from Scholastic, “Color and shape are ways children observe and categorize what they see. These very recognizable characteristics encourage children to define and organize the diverse world around them. These first teachings in preschool and kindergarten are basics that your child needs to know before she learns the “other basics” of reading, writing, and math. Understanding color and shape is a tool for learning many skills in all curriculum areas, from math and science to language and reading.”
  5. Give Them Chores – There’s no better summer education than instilling a solid work ethic in your kids at a young age. Giving them chores to do on a daily/weekly basis will teach them responsibility and that rewards come after a job well done. That’s an important lesson to learn for when that homework assignment is coming due but the Playstation is calling.

What are some other ways you make summer education fun for your kids?