Summer is traditionally a time for school-aged kids to take it easy and enjoy a well-earned break. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t or can’t incorporate a little learning into summer vacation. It doesn’t have to be formal, you don’t have to have any plans in mind. But, it’s always good to continue making at least a little progress, even if the effects are subtle. Here are some ideas:
- Field trips: The great summer boredom-buster? A good, old-fashioned field trip. Whether you’re traveling or staying at home this summer, field trips are a great way to incorporate informal learning into your vacation time. You can go virtually anywhere! Museums, landmarks, the world is your oyster.
- Simple outings: Looking for something a little simpler than a field trip? Why not head to the library for the day? Your kids can practice their reading comprehension and library skills, while enjoying a day spent out of the heat. Or take them with you to the grocery store and have them practice math with taxes and discounts while you shop! Trust us, almost anything can be turned into a learning experience.
- Camping: Summer is a great time for camping. Whether you stick to your backyard or head out farther, camping provides a great opportunity to teach some biology, botany, and basic survival skills. Plus, it’s fun for the whole family!
- Stay informed: Discussing current events with your kids is a great way to keep their minds active over the summer. Watch the news with them or read the newspaper together and have fun chatting about what’s going on in the world.