Happy Summer KC Families!
You can take advantage of learning opportunities each and every day this summer. Summer learning doesn’t have to involve textbooks. In fact, it is well researched that hands-on or experiential learning helps move concepts from the abstract to the concrete.
Summer is the perfect time to solidify learning by helping children make connections between what they have learned in the classroom and real-world examples. Students might have learned the basic physics principles behind how airplanes fly, but why not put together a wooden airplane to demonstrate the concept?
Trip to the park? Bring a field guide, and have fun identifying different tree types. Collect fallen leaves and bark and talk about similarities and differences. Trip to the beach? During snack time, talk about how waves are formed. Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Museums commonly have free days or times each week. Visit local museums several times in the summer to build upon the previous visit and deepen learning.
These examples illustrate the point that summer learning at home does not have to involve a lesson plan. It does involve, planning, however, but the good news is that there are a multitude of educational websites designed to give you ideas, activities, and information. Parents and caregivers can spend 30 minutes at the beginning of the week printing off something fun and unique for the week ahead.
Here are a few of College Nannies & Tutors’ favorite summer learning practices:
Read 20 minutes per day. Why discontinue something that students are required to do each day during the school year? Help children appreciate reading as a lifelong activity. This also a great way to incorporate some much-needed down time into an active summer day.
Get outside and explore. Air, water, grass, or city park, teach children to ask questions about their environment and seek answers.
Learn by doing. Baking, gardening, arts and crafts, constructing – children are wired for hands-on learning. This is the easiest mode of learning and the most fun for everyone!
Teach by example. Don’t expect students to sit still for a carefully crafted lesson in the summer while you watch hands-off. Engage in activities and learning opportunities with them, showing your interest and leading them in exploration.
Make connections to the classroom. Visit local historical sites to help your child visualize the history lessons learned in the classroom. Ask your children for their math expertise: counting change, measuring for your small home improvement project, or estimating how long a car trip will take.
Parents, caregivers, and tutors have a responsibility year-round, but especially in summer, to take an active role in educating children. A summer of learning will translate into a lifetime desire to learn! What a great gift to give our children! Are you ready to take the Summer Learning Challenge?
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