Published on July 5th, 2012 | by The Local0
With school out for another year, summer vacation is in full swing! While summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying free time, it can also be filled with learning fun. Parents can use the many opportunities of vacation time to reinforce the skills their child learned during the school year and encourage the development of new skills.
Taking trips to the park, lake, beach, or museum offer many opportunities for children to explore and learn. Encourage
reading with frequent trips to the library. And if trips to other places are not physically possible, then reading can transport them on new and exciting adventures. Reading during the summer is one of the best ways to help kids improve their skills.
Take an active part in your child’s summer learning experiences by reading as a family, listening to stories, playing word games, or creating scrapbooks. You can also reinforce math skills with trips to the grocery store. Use a grocery advertisement to plan your grocery list. Have your child add up the cost of various items you wish to purchase then give them an amount that you intend to spend on the groceries. Have your child figure out the amount that will be left over from what you have to spend. Maybe you want to take a trip to the movie, you can have them figure up how much money will be needed to cover the cost of the tickets and popcorn. There are so many ways you can bring math skills into your everyday life; following a recipe, planning a menu, shopping for food or clothes, or just calculating the number of items in the refrigerator.
Use your imagination and your children will learn to use theirs! Summer can be filled with fun learning experiences that will reinforce skills learned in school and skills needed in life.
-Ms. Crabapple, Educator