The best way to prevent “summer slide,” or losing knowledge gained over the school year during the summer, is to engage in learning activities every day. Some simple activities to try…
- Cook a new recipe each week as a family. Choose recipes from faraway places or passed down by generations. Have your child read the recipe, write it down to share, convert measurements and experiment with flavors. This is a fun way to build vocabulary, numerical fluency and read in an authentic way all summer long.
- Read a nonfiction book together as a family every week. Challenge your children to learn more about the topic by researching it at the library and presenting their findings to friends or family. Choose nonfiction books based on your children’s interests to keep motivation high.
- Read a classic fiction book as a family over the summer. I still remember my father reading crazy science fiction stories to us from the 1940s. I used to read my little brother the Harry Potter series. I also recommend the Jurassic Park series, Lord of the Rings, or any classic children’s novels. TLC and the library have books you can borrow all summer long!
- Volunteer. Summer is a great time to volunteer together as a family. Clean up your street, pick up recycling, or even read aloud to kids hanging out at the local park.
- Explore. Summer is such a wonderful time to explore together as a family. Go to museums, on hikes, over to a friend’s house, or look for bugs in your own backyard. Exploring what is around you, writing journal entries about it, discussing it as a family or reading books that connect to the topic, are all ways to engage the brain. Need ideas on what to do? Talk to our staff!