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During the summer, our young learners have the opportunity to spend time with families, attend vacations, visit amusement parks, and participate in many other summer activities. During these times, it is important to keep children educated. Adding learning time into summer routines can help kids become prepared for the upcoming school year.

According to HUFFPOST, the National Summer Learning Association, kids can lose up to two months of learning throughout the summer. Here are some tips to keep kids engaged in learning on their months off.

  1. Let It Grow
  • Learning can happen anywhere!
  • Planting a garden can help math and science skills grow
  • Plant seeds with children and read how to care for each plant
  • Children can take daily measurements of the plants growth, to record
  • Nature is filled with learning possibilities
  1. Turn Math into Fun Games
  • Use chalk to create games outside that boost number and math skills
  • Kids can combine math and sensory skills
  • Ask questions:
    • How many?
    • Largest number?
    • Smallest number?
    • Can you add them?
  1. Creativity
  • Art crafts can create social and emotional skills
  • Encourage kids to use their imagination
  • Create your own art ideas and crafts for kids
  1. Engage in summer activities with children
  • Each week choose a different topic for kids to learn about
  • Go on a nature hike
  • Create a scrapbook
  • Go on a treasure hunt
  • Join free summer programs
    • Library reading programs
    • Online programs
  1. Create a routine
  • Schedules can lack structure
  • Keep an initial routine so when school starts its easier to adjust back to the school schedule
  1. Stay Active
  • With no physical activity kids can quickly become out of shape
  • Water play during warm weather
  • Ride bikes
  • Go for a hike or walk
  • Go swimming
  • Stay Fit!

Kids can lose up to two months of learning throughout the summer. It is important to keep young learners engaged in educational activities in the summer months. Parents should be sure to participate in activities with their children. Parents can read books, go for nature walks, do arts and crafts, and stay active to keep children ready for the upcoming months.