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Avoid the Summer Slide and Keep Your Kids Learning All Summer Long

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Are you afraid that your kids will fall behind on their studies during Summer vacation?  The fact is, kids, do often fall behind on their learning once they are out of school for a while.  If you want to combat this, you can follow a few simple steps that will keep them learning all summer long.

Avoid the Summer Slide and Keep Your Kids Learning All Summer Long

Make it fun.  Take the kids to your library reading program or to your local museum.  They often have fun learning activities.  The great thing about these is that while they are educational, they are lots of fun, so those kids that “don’t like to learn” don’t even know that’s what they are doing. Our local library has a chess club, Lego build club and video game club. Because all of these activities are fun, Z.E.N. enjoys them.

Schedule it.  You need to set aside time in your schedule to keep the kids learning.  Everyone is busy during the summer and it is easy to forget if you don’t have time set aside. All it takes is 15 minutes to get the kids’ brains fired up and learning! Set up a morning reading routine, puzzle time or flashcard games. If you look around, you can even find board games that are educational based. The biggest thing is to schedule it into your regular day so that it becomes a habit.

Set goals.  Setting goals is a great way to complete your activities and work toward keeping the kids learning this Summer.  For example, set a goal for the kids to read one chapter (or one small book, depending on the reader).  If your kids need to practice math, why not set a goal for them to do a few math problems each day or one page out of a math workbook? Every summer, I order new grade-appropriate math workbooks. I order math workbooks here.  Set up weekly rewards for the kids reaching their goals and you will find that they are excited to jump into learning.

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Allow screen time.  Yep, let your kids play on their tablet or computer, but only on a pre-approved and educational website. These websites make learning fun for the kids because they feel like they are playing games and don’t realize they are learning.  I would still encourage a limit be put on this screen time. My Internet provider, Verizon FiOS, helps me to make sure that Z.E.N. only visits pre-approved sites. They have a parental controls feature that allows you to limit access to particular sites or to specific content for users on your network. Having a feature like this gives me peace of mind.

Grow a family garden.  If you have space, you should grow a family garden. Gardening is a great way to help kids learn all about the science of growing your own food.  Have them read up on the types of plants you are planting and learn the best way to grow them (reading practice). You can also have them write a daily garden journal (writing practice).

Craft time.  Set aside craft time with your kids and watch the amazing things that they can make out of cheap and/or recycled materials.  It’s a great way for them to learn to repurpose items, however getting their imagination flowing is key to continued learning.

What do you do to keep your kids learning when they are home from school?  I would love to hear all about it! 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Verizon FiOS.

Are you afraid that your kids will fall behind on their studies during Summer vacation? Avoid the Summer Slide and Keep Your Kids Learning All Summer Long
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About the author

Diane

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues.