Summer vacation is here, but that doesn’t mean students should forget everything they learned during the school year. While it’s great for kids to enjoy their time off, it’s also important for parents to keep their children’s brains stimulated.
EducationNews.org has several suggestions for keeping kids engaged, including taking local field trips to museums, and combining reading with other related activities. Even a trip to the movies can get a kid interested in reading.
According to the education news website: ”In the same way that the recent release of a blockbuster The Hunger Games increased interest in the books that movie is based on, and the Harry Potter movies got a brand new generation to pick up the hefty novels, there are movies being released this summer based on literature that school-aged kids might find interesting and engaging.”
Other activity suggestions include:
- Play a strategic board game, or even a card game like blackjack, which keeps the mind stimulated mathmatically (instead of playing for money, play for chore points)
- Work on an outdoor project with your kid (i.e. tending to a garden, painting the shed, fixing or building something, etc.)
- Visit the library. Most public libraries offer arts and crafts activities for kids. It’s fun and it’s free.
- Try to get involved in the community with a group related activity.
The important thing to remember is that summer is an opportunity to expand your child’s horizons. When September comes around again, they’ll remember and draw from their educational excursions a lot more than they’ll remember the days they sat inside watching television and playing video games.