Last week, I wrote about the importance of summer learning and the academic losses that occur when children don’t engage in summer learning activities. This week, I would like to provide some suggestions that may help busy parents and keep students engaged in learning over the summer months. Listed below are a few ideas:
-Set time aside every day for reading and writing and visit the library frequently. Ask your child about the book or magazine they are reading. Why do they like the book? Who is their favorite character? As your child’s most important role model, it is important that your child see your reading. Reading together or separately teaches children the importance and value of reading as a lifelong skill and hobby.
-Play games that involve reading, thinking, or spelling like Pictionary, Boggle, Scrabble, or Trivial Pursuit.
-Encourage your child to write. They can help you write grocery lists, “to do” lists, post cards, or letters. Children can also keep journals of summer activities or write tall tales about their vacation adventures. Many children become better readers through writing.
-Allow children to cook with you or if old enough, plan and cook a meal for the family on their own. Math skills such as measuring and fractions are reinforced when children use a cookbook and measuring cups.
-Play math games and practice math facts using flash cards or dice. Look for opportunities for students to practice math facts such as shopping trips or car trips.
Just because it is summer does not mean the learning has to stop. Use every opportunity you can to encourage and reinforce the academic skills your child gained during the school year.
Next week, I will provide some educational websites that will provide academic practice to students.
As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.