We parents can help our school-aged children beat the summer slump in a myriad of ways. The free tips don’t take away the fun of summer play time; in face they add entertainment value. It may take a little time and creativity on our part, but in the end it is worth it.
What is the Summer Slump?
When your child returns to school in the fall teachers spend a lot of time going over the previous year’s work because of the summer slump. Possibly due to lack of practice, rarely cracking open a book, using math skills or writing real English (vs. texting), many students lose what they have learned.
Free Tips to Beat The Summer Slump
- Library Programs – Public libraries hold free events during the summer that are fun and educational. Sign up your child for these type of events. Allow her to invite a friend or two. Don’t forget to leave extra time to look for books that your child is interested in.
- Concerts – Many communities offer free concerts during the summer. Take the children and talk about the type of music, instruments and the artists. Bring along a camera and take photos. If your child isn’t able to use your camera, buy a disposable camera for him to use. Maybe the musicians and singers are open to taking to your child or giving them an autograph. Music is a learning tool in itself. With the additional sugestions your child is being creative and learning new vocabulary.
- Free Events – Whether close to home or needing a little bit of travel to attend, free events like group playdates, summer bowling, workshops at home improvement stores, National Park Get Outdoors Day, parades and free or low cost movies, admission to museums, zoos, county or 4H fairs and camping all provide educational opportunities for your child. Ask them to calculate (math) the costs (gas, food, tickets, etc.). Encourage them to map out your trip and find places of interest (geography) to stop along the way. Keep a journal (writing and art) including drawings or photos.
- Natural Crafts – Find crafts that are age appropriate for your child that use items from nature suck as shells and twigs. Making crafts helps with reading, following directions, math, art and of course, creativity.
- Cooking – Make delicious, healthy meals and snacks with the help of your children. Cook using a campfire, bake without the oven, and try new ingredients including fruits and vegetables from other countries. Your child will use math skills for measuring, learn to do things in order and learn about nutrition.
- Reading Challenge – Many schools provide a summer book list for your child. Turn that list into a challenge. When your son reads 2 books, he can choose his favorite board game for the family to play. After reading 5 books, he can stay up an hour later, etc.
- Outdoor Play – Children learn from playing outdoors, whether alone, with siblings or with friends. You’ll find them making up their own games, problem solving, learning about nature, and cooperating with others. Provide old spoons, pails, cardboard boxes, scarves, adult supervision and sunscreen and let them play.
What do you do to help your child beat the summer slump? Do you prepare in advance?
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