Do you encourage summer learning and summer school programs during the warmer months?
I am a firm believer that learning happens all year round. And that there are many ways of learning.
When I came home, my four year old started staying at home too.
I am a stay-at-home-mom and he is a stay-at-home “mom watcher” and “mom bugger” and “mommy-name-caller”.
Anyhoo, we are home together. And while I am working, I try to find things to keep his attention but that are teaching him good things.
One of the ways that I do this is through one of my own childhood favorites – Sesame Street!
While he never use to be the kind of kid who was captured by the television, he has recently taken an interest in Sesame Street and a few other educational childhood shows.
Summer learning can be challenging however it is truly beneficial. I am thankful that my oldest two children attend year round school. It helps to keep them focused through out the year with shorter three week breaks all year long rather than a long twelve week break before transitioning to the next grade.
It was not too long ago that I was trying to overcome keeping their minds stimulated throughout summer months. I feel like every school age student should continue to absorb knowledge during the summer and keep the learning momentum flowing.
That should come as no surprise seeing as how I think we, as adults, should always be learning.
Yes, everyone goes into summer mode of relaxation and summer fun after school is dismissed for summer however here are ways to encourage learning over the summer and keep the learning momentum flowing.
Here are a few ways to encourage summer learning without summer school
Encourage reading to increase reading skills and knowledge. This can also help them be ahead when school starts again. How can you encourage reading during the summer?
- Get the reading list for the next school year.
- Have your student participate in a local reading club with the local library or search for local groups.
- Ask for a weekly or bi-weekly book report to be given to you.
- Invest less than $20 on a Summer Bridge Activities Book. This is an excellent resource for preparation of next year.
- Subscribe to magazines of interest just for them. Ex: Sports Illustrated for Kid, Teen Vogue, Highlights, National Geographic
Math is a skill you can lose if you do not use it on a regular basis. Summers are no different and you should stay in practice by using what you have learned. No matter what grade level or Math level you are on there are definitely ways to keep in practice over the summer. How can you encourage Math activities during the summer?
- Invest in Summer Bridge Activities Books. This is less than $20 and they even have one just for Math.
- Find a complimentary online program and let them practice.
- Have work sessions with their siblings or friends.
- Find a local tutor.
Some schools have removed their arts programs however you can keep art alive in your child. Creative souls need nurturing and arts help the world go round through cultural and diverse celebrations. How can you encourage Arts activities during the summer?
- Visit some museums.
- See a local play.
- Create some summer arts and crafts projects. Here is a great site to find some really good ones.
- Have the child(ren) create a play.
Writing can always be enhanced during the summer. Since there is less pressure of deadlines and format have fun with writing and encourage these writing practices.
- Have them recap a trip by writing an essay.
- Have your child write a story about your family and a fun time the family recently had.
- Have you child write a book report.
Speaking a foreign language is becoming more than luxury. It is becoming a necessity in some industries and settings. Therefore I challenge everyone to know at least the basics of an additional language. As a matter of fact, challenge them to learn the basics of two foreign languages over the summer. Learn how to speak it and read it. I suggest English, Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian and Korean to select from for starters.
As you can see there are many ways to encourage learning over the summers. Also, remember traveling is one of the best forms of education. So whether you are taking day trips, overnight trips or summer long trips remember to encourage and embrace learning throughout the summer.
By attending live events such as Sesame Street Live kids have fun and learn a thing or two as well. It’s the best of all worlds. Through song and dance, children learn more than just ABC’s and numbers. They learn life lessons about sharing and making new friends.
Sesame Street Live is on it’s way to the Raleigh are and will be handing out some of those very lessons as well when they welcome Grover’s new friend from India.
Grab you tickets today as it is here June 2-4.