Five Tips to Keep Kids Learning Over Summer
With summer break around the corner, now is a great time for parents to start thinking about ways for their child to keep exercising the brain this summer. Even a little effort can help minimize the regression of knowledge that is common among students who toss the backpacks aside on the last day of school and don’t think about learning again until the first day of the next school year.
Here are a few ways to keep your child learning over the summer:
Read often. Reading regularly is one of the very best—and easiest—ways for your child to maintain reading proficiency during summer break. If your child needs a nudge, find a summer reading program that offers grade-level book lists and incentives for reaching certain reading milestones. Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Triathlon, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Huntington Learning Center’s Reading Adventure program are all worth consideration. Don’t forget to set a weekly outing to your local library as well. Libraries usually offer a plethora of reading programs and activities for students on break.
Review prior year work. Encourage your child to spend 10 to 15 minutes each day going through math, writing and other assignments or textbooks from last year to keep the skills fresh. Even if your child isn’t learning new material, by reviewing some of the concepts from the prior grade, he or she minimizes the possibility of losing skills and being behind at the start of the new school year.
Keep a journal. A journal is a wonderful way for your child to keep writing about something enjoyable: summer memories. Consider making it a family activity and spending a few minutes responding to a daily prompt (What was the best part of today? If you could take a road trip right now, where would you go? What’s your favorite sound of summer?). Not only will your child refine those writing, organization and creative skills, he or she will end up with a fun summer keepsake.
Start a business. What better time than summer to nudge your child toward entrepreneurship? Brainstorm together new ways your child could make money. Lawn mowing, babysitting and dog-walking are obvious ideas, but what about laundry help or light office work for those with home organization needs? Then, discuss the best way to market the business and gain new customers. Your child will learn valuable lessons about hard work and business, and earn some money in the process.
Start a blog. If your child is creative, there are endless opportunities to share his or her passion online. Sites like WordPress and Blogger offer free plans, and sites like kidslearntoblog.com offer helpful tips, dos and don’ts. Blogging will help your child become a stronger writer and communicator and hone his or her storytelling prowess. It also will familiarize your child with digital tools, the power of social media and much more.
With a little bit of effort, your child can enjoy the leisure and pace of summer and still uphold a summer learning routine. Reviewing past homework assignments and projects is one beneficial activity, but get creative. There are opportunities to learn something new and fuel curiosities all around you. For more ideas for summer learning activities, call Huntington Learning Center at 1 800 CAN LEARN or visit www.huntingtonhelps.com.
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Date: Tuesday, June 13