With the summer sun comes a much welcome break from the daily school routine. While kids can benefit from a little recess, they should never stop learning completely.
While you do not want to make the summer feel like school, you should encourage them to continuously think! Help your kid engage in fun summer learning activities outside of the classroom!
5 Out of the Box Summer Learning Activities
School keeps kids on a pretty rigid schedule, teaching them routine and responsibility. For the summer, step outside that classroom box of learning and offer your child, less structured learning activities.
Read on to learn 5 fun summer learning activities for kids!
- Weekly Tutoring
Admittedly, summer tutoring may not sound super exciting for a kid. But, you can make it fun.
Set a learning goal with your child and their online tutor to help them retain what they learned this school year and to prepare them for the next grade. Add excitement to the experience by setting a prize for when they reach this goal, like a day at their favorite amusement park.
- Nature Hikes
Find scenic places in your area to hike. This discovery opportunity doubles as a healthy way to exercise!
During each nature walk, point out different things you see and turn it into a teaching opportunity. You can theme the walk ahead of time if you know the area well, or you can wing it as you go.
Some topics to talk about include:
- Corresponding wildlife (insects, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc.)
- Life cycles
- Conservation ideas for that area
Make it age-appropriate and fun, so that it feels like a game rather than a class.
You can easily turn camping into exciting summer learning. Not sure where to start?
Introduce them to maps as you navigate the area. Bring along books that help you identify plants and their potential uses.
Teach your child how to set up a tent, start a fire, fish, etc. Use this opportunity to teach them about self-sufficiency and true human bonding without electronics.
This hands-on experience will teach them life skills that they will not get inside a classroom.
- Team Sports
Sign your child up for a sport they want to learn. Team sports teach kids many learning fundamentals. Plus, they stay fit, learn teamwork, and make new friends in the process.
- Cultural Events
Skip summer fairs and frequent cultural events this summer. Search online for festivals put on by different cultural communities, Native American Pow-wows, and kid-friendly music fests.
Through these events, your child can learn about different foods, religious holidays, music, and ways of living. One of the best ways to discover our world is by learning about the people living in it.
Summer Learning is Exciting
These summer learning activities will spark a thirst for knowledge in your young ones. While exploring and discovering feels like play, their brains will continue to grow insurmountable connections to prepare them for the future.
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