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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
Taken from Livonia Public Schools Website