School's Out – Now What?
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
- Start a collection:
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:
possible, collect photos of grandparents and have children record their
names and birth dates. Tell them what you know about your family
- Visit historical sites in your area or along the way during a family trip:
descriptive brochures for the children to read, and get additional
information from an encyclopedia, a library book, or online.
- Plant a garden:
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?
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
- 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:
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:
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
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