Summer is a wonderful time for kids. The sun is out, and the weather is so nice that all they want to do is play all day. This is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, go swimming, and have fun, especially after a rigorous school year. However, with children, learning must be continuous, or it slips through their fingers. School will always be a great space for learning, but what happens after school is out and summer vacation is on the list? How do you get your kids to pay attention enough to learn when they can only focus on relaxing or playing with friends? This article gives you a couple of ideas of summer learning activities for your children:
1. Help Them Start A Kid-Friendly Business
This is a great way to ensure your child has fun while learning. Setting up a business for elementary students does much more than teaching them responsibility. Buying and selling will teach them mathematics. They get money and are responsible for calculating the right change to give. They learn something about accounting as they have to balance the books after sales of the day. Your children learn about communication and negotiation. Things like putting up a lemonade stand not only teaches your child about finances, but they are also introduced to the world of entrepreneurship early. That’s why a kid-friendly business is one of the best summer learning activities for students.
2. Help Them Become Authors
It’s never too young to start practicing to be the next J.K Rowling, and with your child’s active imagination, you can achieve all sorts of learning experiences this summer. You could help your child develop interactive storybooks, picture books, and other forms of written media with help from the internet. All you need to do is Google “How to write a book for children”, and you’re ready for your book writing adventure. There are many platforms where your child can get published from Amazon to Wattpad. All they need is a gentle nudge in the right direction. Providing the opportunity for your child to write a book can promote independence and make them feel they have achieved something. All in all, this helps your child have fun and feel good; it improves their creativity while they learn the spelling and pronunciation of more words.
3. Gift Them A Small Kitchen And Help Them Be The Next Best Baker
Does your child like to sit by you on the sofa when you watch cooking shows? Are they always trying to find out the names of spices in your spice drawer? Do they like to hang around when you cook? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, your child might be interested in cooking. Buying a kiddy kitchen and setting it up for your child is one way to teach math in a fun way. This is because baking involves a lot of measurements. Your child also gets to satisfy their sweet tooth while learning how to be responsible. You could also get your child involved in bake sales that are organized to raise funds for different causes.
4. Teach Your Children Math With Some Treats
So, you don’t want your child to forget all they’ve learned during the school session, but it’s summer, and they can only think of the sunny outdoors. How do you get them to learn math without it being tedious? Offer them some chocolate. Children love sweet things, so get them to learn by telling them you’ll reward them with a chocolate bar if they pay attention. You can use the chocolate to do simple mathematics problems, like addition, subtraction, and even fractions, by breaking the bar into square bits and asking them questions. Your kids could also learn science at the same time, as you can tell them a little story about how chocolate is made. You can also walk them through the process by making your own chocolate at home.
5. Help Your Child Be A Young Filmmaker
Technology advancement has made children even more creative and intuitive than adults were when they were kids. All you need to do is put some technology in their hands, and within a short time, they will get the hang of it. You can get your child a video camera or a smartphone, download a video editing app, and let them film the family during vacation.
6. Send Your Child To Camp
Summer is an opportunity for you to discover what your child likes to do in their spare time. You can get them involved in their interests by sending them to camp. There are different camps for different purposes. From science and technology camps to performing art camps, your child is sure to have an interesting time. Camp not only improves their skill in their interest areas, but it also allows for interactions and making friends with people who might not go to their school.
7. Make A Summer Reading List For Your Children
One way to get your kids learning without them knowing they are learning is to make a summer reading list. Reading is one of those summer learning activities that will always satisfy your child. Have them read a book every day, and after they are done, let them talk about what they learned. Provide sticky notes, so they can jot down words they don’t understand, so you can look them up with them later. Remember to provide them with age-appropriate material. You can ask their teachers for suggestions if you are uncertain how to approach the summer reading list challenge.
8. Teach Your Child Art
One way to improve motor skills in elementary children is through art. This could be included as part of your summer learning activities for your kids. Your kids can learn how to do things like making a collage. You could print some pictures from the internet and have your kids put these together in artsy ways that speak to them. This process is not messy, as it does not involve paint, so there is less for you to clean up afterward. You could also buy your children colored pencils and a picture book and have them color to their heart’s delight.
9. Take Advantage Of The Good Summer Weather While Improving Your Child’s Memory
You could play a match-up game with them. These are usually played on mobile devices or PCs, but you can take advantage of the sunny weather and have some outdoor fun. Get some plates and draw figures on them. These figures could be colored boxes, words, numbers, or drawings, depending on the learning activity. There should be two figures, so your child can try to match them. Place the plates on the grass, with the blank side facing up. You should get your child to look for matching plates. If math is part of the teaching process, you could ask your child to add the numbers on the matching plates.
10. Teach Your Children Math With Food And Other Tools
You could teach your kids how to work with fractions using Bubblegum. For this, you need two different flavors of bubblegum, maybe cherry and grape. To teach them fractions, put a mix of flavors in one section and ask them to guess the fractions. If there are four bubblegum pieces on the table and three are grape, this means the fraction of grapes is ¾. You can also teach them other fraction forms with this method, and they can eat the bubblegum afterward.
Cooking is a good way to teach children how to convert to other units. You can teach your kids how to convert to grams, ounces, and other units of measurement. The easiest way to add cooking to the summer learning activities is to make sure the recipes do not need to be cooked. For instance, you could make lemonade; teach them the recipe while converting the units of measurement for the ingredients.
You could teach your kids geometry using gumdrops and toothpicks. They can form all sorts of shapes with toothpicks, then learn a couple of things by determining the sides of each shape.
At Rhodes School for the Performing Arts, we provide your child with an art-focused curriculum that enables your child to have the right critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We are geared towards making sure our curriculum fits your child’s needs. By providing your child an opportunity to delve into the fine arts, you are sure to get the best out of both worlds.