School is officially out and we know teachers and students alike are looking forward to at least a few days of watching Netflix, taking naps, and relaxing in the sun. Relaxation and rejuvenation is a huge benefit of summer vacation for students and staff. How do we know when we’ve had too much relaxation and not enough education? How do we prevent our students from experiencing the “summer slide” of learning loss?
Here are a few suggestions for keeping your kids learning this summer, and ways you can incorporate a little education each day to keep minds sharp!
Purchase a summer workbook. I grew up using “Summer Bridge Activities” (linked here). My mom wouldn’t let me do anything fun (no pool, no tv, no joy) until I completed the daily workbook activity. I’m not saying you should be this strict, but having a routine of quick, daily academic activities can keep your student on track through the summer.
Pick a new skill relevant to the next grade level. Maybe you plan to learn a different set of multiplication facts each week of summer? Maybe you want to start learning greek and latin roots? Take 20 minutes each day to practice flash cards, play related computer games, or read and write together.
Enroll in a camp or class. The Detroit area is home to many free, low-cost and quality programs for students. We just had our Summer Activities Fair and have tons of information to connect you to some amazing partners in the area. Feel free to email us for more details.
Sign up for Pinterest. One of my favorite things to do is to go on Pinterest.com and type “free teacher activities grade ____” and click away until I fall down the rabbit hole. There are so many ideas for teachers that could easily become great summer activities for families. Choose your favorite and make a day of it!
Talk to a teacher. Many teachers would love to spend time in the summer tutoring or coaching students academically. Don’t hesitate to ask if your teacher is interested, or if they know of good tutors in the area.
Hang out with each other. This is a no-brainer. The more kids are talking, creating, playing and interacting, the more their brain is exercising. Hang out with your friends and have all the kids play.
Enjoy the summer! A little education, a little relaxation. Find what works for you and run with it!