Summer Learning Opportunities for Kids
This week I was approached by a mum who asked what she could do to support her child’s learning over the summer months. She wanted to build upon all of the incredible gains made by her daughter this year. Needless to say I was really excited to hear this. All I could think was that this mum clearly knows her child. She wants to support (not push) her learning. She wants to work as a team to help “Jaymie” develop her skills in safe, supportive environments.
… & so, if you had been a fly on my classroom wall you would have seen us discussing a number of summer learning activities and opportunities.
Here’s what we came up with! Hope you find some of what’s below helpful!
(A) Reading & Writing
- Mail – Make plans to write and receive letters all summer long (… model this for your child as well!)
- Read, Read, Read – continue to read and discuss books, comics, magazines, menus, etc. over the summer months (… model this for your child as well!)
- Travels: When on vacation keep a diary/scrapbook of sorts
(B) Organization / Spatial Skills:
- Create a summer scrapbook
- Read, draw & create maps (e.g. of vacation spots, parks, gardens, rooms in the house, etc.)
- Graphing: graph the weather (e.g. sunny, cloudy, etc.), daily temperature, etc.
- Grocery shopping – Read flyers & find specials. Estimate the cost of a trip to the grocery store. Calculate the savings if coupons are used.
(C) Following Directions:
- Build a model
- Bake cookies, cakes, squares, etc. (measurement & following directions)
- Cook dinner … follow recipes closely
- Grocery shopping : allow you child to take the lead when looking for the right aisles to go down and items
(D) Critical Thinking Skills:
- Discuss books, newspaper & magazine articles, the news, movies, etc.
- Evaluate nutritional values listed on food packaging
- Teach your child to play chess, checkers, battleship, dominos, boggle, etc.
- Add, subtract or multiply numbers on car license plates when on the road
- Calculating mileage & ETA when heading out in the car
- Garage Sale – organizing the event, as well as selling/making change
- Lemonade stand – making change
- Restaurant – estimate the bill & calculate tip
- Walk : identify shapes and solids in the environment
- Note: Sites for free math games to play on the computer:
- Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt
- Engage in gardening activities
- Note: Find fun, easy science experiments to do at home over the summer: