How to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Summer

How to Keep Your Kids Learning Over the Summer

Written By

PJ Feinstein

Students across the country are counting down the days until school’s out for summer. I totally remember being in their shoes, ready to swap classrooms and cafeterias for camp and community swimming pools – and to think about anything but book reports, science projects, and math homework.

Kids want – and need – a break from schoolwork. They need fresh air, sunshine, and playtime, time to just have fun. But that doesn’t mean learning should stop over the summer. For some students, a three-month break in educational activities can actually do some serious harm come September.

As parents, we can help our children continue to learn through June, July, and August without making them feel as if they’re in summer school. There are plenty of ways to make learning fun over the summer, and here are just a few:

Summer Reading Challenges: Chances are, your public library offers a reading program that’ll inspire your kid to pick up a book this summer. Maybe even more than one! You can also find summer reading challenges online like these from Scholastic and Barnes & Noble.

Fun with Flash Cards: Flash cards are an easy way to train the brain, and if you treat them like a game, your children won’t even realize they’re learning.

Educational Outings: On a rainy day, when it’s not beach or pool weather, visit a museum and give your kids (and yourself!) a lesson in history or art. Or, pop some popcorn, cuddle up on the couch, and watch an educational documentary together on nature, science, or animals.