Summer is officially underway …and while we are sure that having your children at home is lovely, it can also be challenging to think of ways to keep them busy. Let’s remember that their brains need to stay active too! Encouraging your child to engage in summer learning activities will help prepare them for the following school year and form great studying habits for the future.
Below are a few tips that can help make sure that children are staying engaged with their studies over the summer:
Read Every Day:
Did you know that reading daily for 30 minutes can significantly increase your child’s reading skills? Reading is an excellent way to exercise children’s brains, improve concentration, vocabulary, language skills, and much more. Make a fun trip out of it and let your child choose a book from the library, then go for ice cream afterward!
As a way to inspire a lifelong love of reading, here is a list of websites that include book suggestions and recommendations for fun summer reading activities!
Write Every Week:
Start a summer journal! Children can write about what they read, their summer activities, or write a letter to their best friend.
Practice Social Emotional Learning (SEL):
Be an active citizen by volunteering at a shelter, making a donation to a cause that your child feels passionate about or practice gratitude every day. Show them that politeness and manners can go a long way. Students who practice skills such as mindfulness and social awareness become exceedingly empathetic, understanding, and more open to other cultures.
Watch videos, read books written in Hebrew or listen to Hebrew songs! It’s important for children to brush up on everything they’ve learned throughout the year. We encourage you to take advantage of summer resources that were sent home; try practicing a few sentences a week.
For younger children, here are a few songs your child can sing along to:
Try Interactive and Fun Learning Games:
Try playing an outdoor memory game, visit a museum, get artsy and paint or create a scrapbook. Summer learning activities don’t have to be a bore. There are plenty of ways to spice things up in a way that kids forget that they are even learning something new! You can check out a few ideas from Oxford learning here.
While pulling your child away from their electronic device or limiting screen time may not always be a simple task, the effects of not trying can be detrimental. Try using screen time as a reward for completing chores, practicing math and reading, or spending a certain amount of time doing physical activity.
We hope that you find these summer learning tips to be helpful. We can’t wait to see you all in September!
Have a wonderful summer!
By Elisabeth Castera