Summer isn’t far away. Do you have a plan to keep your kids active? What about their brains? Do you have activities planned that will help the kids stay engaged in what they have learned? Here are some ideas to implement this summer to help you keep your kids engaged and learning.
Map the Summer Weather
Even if your area enjoys perfect weather all summer long, you can still track the weather by tracking things like clouds, temperature and humidity. Have the kids try to see if they can use today’s weather to predict something about tomorrow’s weather. Create a chart to help track the weather as you study it together.
Plan a Summer Trip
Are you planning a summer vacation or a day trip? Let your kids participate in the planning! From budgeting to planning the activities of the day, they will learn quite a bit from this. Then, they will also be more engaged in what you are doing on your trip because they had a hand in the planning process.
Experiment with Water
Your kids are going to want to spend time in the water this summer, so turn it into a science experiment. From testing whether things sink or float to playing with ice and tracking how fast it melts, you can come up with a number of activities to try that involve water, and as an added bonus your kids will get cooled off when the temperatures rise.
Learn to Cook
Teaching kids to cook takes time that you may not have during the school year. Cooking uses math, science and measuring skills, making it a great learning activity. Check out some books from the library with “cooking with kids” activities, and get started learning together.
Summer Learning Camp
Finally, if you are struggling to keep your kids learning, consider a summer learning camp. Learning camps are not tutoring in a boring classroom setting. They take learning to the next level, dipping into the fun activities that teachers may not have time to do during the school year. Check out the offerings at Swan Learning Center to find a local learning camp for your children!