Keep Kids Learning & Growing All Summer Long

This post is coming to you from 2 perspectives – one as a parent & also as an educator.  As a the parent of 2 lovely spawns, nothing is more intolerable than antsy kiddos.  At 3 & 5, my boys are always doing something.  More often than not, their “doing” needs some harnessing.  What better way to learn & grow as a family than to support & engage them in educational opportunities during the summer months.  It’s not too late to start.  There is still plenty of summer to be enjoyed!

  • Read to your kids every day.  Have them make predictions based on the book cover, title, illustrations & periodically throughout the book.  Also have summarize smaller chunks of the book.
  • Use an iPad or another tablet to read books aloud.  Let them navigate the book.
  • Go to a local school and/or libraries for summer reading activities.
  • Play word matching games to reinforce sight words.  Make your own or use online platforms like Starfall.
  • Read a book and follow up with a family activity.
  • Let your child “read” to you – even if they don’t know how to.
  • Listen to audio books when traveling.
  • Create a book nook in your home.
  • Write a different ending to a story.
  • Write your own story.
  • Make an online story book.
  • Publish family summer happenings.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Scavenger Hunt – Use pictures to accompany text for non-readers & emerging readers.
  • Make an online comic.
  • Count to 100 (and beyond).  Count by different increments if counting by 1’s is mastered.
  • Learn to use a tape measure or ruler.
  • Play math online math games.
  • Practice calendar skills.
  • Practice telling time.
  • Create your own store & use to practice counting & recognizing currency.
  • Make it relevant.
Social Studies
  • Learn the Pledge of Allegiance & facts about the pledge.
  • Where am I? Learn city/town, state, zipcode, area code, country.
  • Star Spangled Banner (Also a nice way to help prevent any mega-soloist-fails in the event you have a budding star on your hands)

  Click on the flag for the Star Spangled Banner with Lyrics.

The Arts
  • Draw a family picture.  Write a caption.
  • Play charades.
  • Write your own songs & sing them together.
  • Have Kid Karaoke.
  • Craft together.
  • Make a movie together.  I like iMovie.
Health & Exercise
  • Go for a walk or run.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Have a race – skipping, hopping, jumping, galloping, etc.
  • Have a dance party. 
  • Go for a hike.
  • Take swimming lessons.  Go swimming.
  • Visit your YMCA.
  • Create an obstacle course.
  • Plan a Family Summer Olympics.
  • Enroll in a day camp.
  • Play soccer, baseball, basketball, football, frisbee, or any other sport.
  • Play tag.
  • Learn how & why to call 911.
Vacation Fun
  • Map out your travel destination.  Use a real map or have your child chart the course using your smart device.
  • Have your child draw a picture of where you are going before the trip.  Have him/her draw another one after you arrive at your destination.  Compare & contrast the two.
  • Send postcards from your trip.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Keep a trip journal.

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