Over the summer, children can forget a lot of what they learned in school. But don’t fret! There are many ways to make learning a fun part of your child’s summer routine.
Summer is the best time to demonstrate math in the real world. Show children that math is everywhere!
When life gives you lemons, do some math!
A lemonade stand is perfect for developing math skills because math is needed to keep it running. Younger children (ages 4-7) can work on measuring by mixing the lemonade and counting by making change for customers. Children that are a little older (ages 8-11) can be in charge of setting the price and figuring out the profit margin.
Get their little green thumbs ready.
Gardeners need to know a lot math. Children can strengthen their measurement skills by measuring how far apart vegetable rows need to be or how deep seeds need to be planted. Not only will math help with gardening, children will learn about nature and eat nutritiously too. Bonus!
Take advantage of the time your child spends under the summer sun by throwing in some science.
Study the shadows.
Summer is a perfect time for children to learn the physics of shadows. Ask your child to keep track of his or her shadow at different times of day to show the connection between the sun’s position in the sky and the length of the shadow. Mark it with chalk on a sidewalk or a line in the sand so children can see how shadows shrink and grow with time. This will also serve as a unique lesson for telling time.
Once you’re done gazing down, look up!
Summer nights are perfect for quick astronomy lessons. Show your child how to spot the North Star and different constellations. You can even watch and record the phases of the moon. If you’re at a beach, explain the ways the moon affects tides in the ocean.
Writing is a nice way to improve written language skills while giving children a fun activity during the summer. Additionally, writing sharpens a child’s reading skills.
Write a book.
Have your children write creatively in a journal each week. They can write about a a family vacation, a summer holiday, or what they wish they were doing during a rainy day. With a thesaurus, children can change common words to more interesting words. They can draw pictures or add photographs later. At the end of the summer, add a cover and reread the book during cold winter months.