After nine grueling months at school, your child is ready to kick back and enjoy some good ole’ R&R once summer arrives. Between vacation, beach days, and other summer fun, your child probably forgot all about school. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child walks into school prepared once September rolls around. Think about it: you don’t want all the skills and knowledge your child obtained during the school year to disappear. Luckily, you can keep your child productive while allowing them to enjoy their summer vacation. Try using these tips to encourage learning all summer long.
The term “summer school” sounds like a kid’s worst nightmare, but that shouldn’t be the case at all. Many programs offer kids fun and productive classes so that they can learn while having a great time. There are classes on so many exciting topics these days. Your child can learn all about animals and plants all over the world. Your child could learn to code. Your child can even brush up on mathematics.
The courses also vary in length. Some may only last one week while some may last the whole summer. Trust us when we say your child will have an awesome experience while expanding their knowledge.
Summer classes are fun, but summer camps may be even more exciting for your child. Less focused than classes, summer camps offer a variety of fun activities from arts and crafts to sports to theater. Summer camps know that this is the primary location of kids for the summer, so they want to give them all they can offer. Your kid will make so many new friends, all while learning new exciting things all summer. Instead of keeping your child home and bored all day long, sign them up for a summer camp and let them explore, learn, and laugh.
If you do not want your child attending camp all summer, schedule an educational “field trip.” These trips can be full-blown vacations to see all the sites in Washington D.C., or they can be simple day trips to a nearby museum or a local historic site. A simple trip can foster so much learning. You may bring your kids to visit Mt. Rushmore, which may inspire them to run for president one day. These trips can be so beneficial for your children, and provide the family with quality time together.
You don’t want your child turning into a couch potato this summer. There is nothing wrong with watching some TV or playing video games, but moderation is the key. Instead, encourage your child to pick up a book and start reading. Reading can help your bored child escape to new lands or learn great facts about anything they want. Whether skimming a compelling novel or combing through articles in the newspaper, reading is a great way for your child to pass the time and expand their vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Summer vacation should be fun for your kids, but that does not mean ignoring everything that is educational. With so many options out there, your child is bound to have an exciting summer, while learning new things and staying productive.