Summertime Tips


School's Out – Now What?

Families need not fret about balancing leisure and learning during the long, lazy, out-of-school days of summer. Many children's summer activities lend themselves to learning. But please, don't over-plan their summer. Youngsters need a change from the hectic school-year schedule. Being spontaneous, playing, daydreaming, deciding what–or what not–to do are important parts of growing up. Consider the following activities for children:

  • Start a collection:
    Rocks, stamps, baseball cards, bottle caps, labels, marbles, leaves, bugs. Help them arrange their collection in some orderly fashion, by categories, by color, or alphabetically, for example.

  • Organize photos in an album by date or activity:
    Save newspaper of magazine photos of their favorite athletes or TV personalities that they can use to create a scrapbook.

  • Take charge of family recycling:
    Clean and separate plastic, glass, and metal containers, and stack papers.

  • Keep a journal or diary of their own or the family's summer activities.

  • Write and mail letters or postcards to cousins, grandparents, and friends.

  • Check cash register receipts after grocery shopping:
    Adding the prices up each week will keep their math skills sharp–and make them aware of what their favorite food costs.

  • Help with a yard or garage sale:
    Let them set prices for their out-grown toys and clothes, and make change.

  • Research family history:
    If possible, collect photos of grandparents and have children record their names and birth dates. Tell them what you know about your family history.

  • Visit historical sites in your area or along the way during a family trip:
    Collect descriptive brochures for the children to read, and get additional information from an encyclopedia, a library book, or online.

  • Plant a garden:
    Put children in charge of a garden plot in the yard, a window box, or a planter. Let them have full responsibility for watering, weeding, and fertilizing the plants.

  • Has your child read today?
    Research shows that reading 4-5 books during the summer is enough to prevent reading achievement loss during summer vacation. Help your child find interesting books at the public library or participate in a summer reading program.

  • Be "tourists" at home:
    Look through your local paper for fun activities such as museum tours and library events.

  • Build life skills:
    Focus on basic, yet important tasks such as making healthy snacks and enjoying exercise.

  • Spend time together:
    Strong family relationships help children face challenges at school and elsewhere. Simple, shared experiences - such as running through the sprinkler and just talking - build family strength.

  • Tackle problems:
    If a subject was particularly hard for your child this year, brush up on it together. Review with flash cards, for example, or spend time reading

                                                                                                                          From LPS website





Mrs. Christensen's Awesome 3rd Grade Class
Hoover Elementary
15900 Levan
Livonia, MI 48154